Livia J. Washburn

Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for more than thirty years.  She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories.

Her first romantic western was MENDING FENCES, a sweet story about a dime novel writer from Back East who moves to the small frontier Texas town of Zephyr to care for her sister's orphaned children and falls right into the kind of gun-slinging adventure she might have created. This story came from research into her husband's family, who are from the area where the book is set. The fence cutting war in the novel was real, and some of the fences that were cut are still being used. Next for Livia was a modern paranormal western, SPIRIT CATCHER.

Livia has written many traditional westerns with and without her husband.  Her first western was EPITAPH, but even before that she was writing mysteries about an older cowboy in the silent movies, some of which are collected in HALLAM. She has been writing award-winning stories about Lucas Hallam for more than 30 years.

In addition to writing, Livia enjoys cooking and all aspects of publishing.  She feels incredibly lucky that she's had a successful mystery baking series with NAL, and that as secretary of Western Fictioneers she's been able to publish at least 30 books in the last 3 years.  A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and a great new cover.

Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, New York Times Bestselling author, James Reasoner, and her crazy dogs.  Her website can be found at, and she blogs when she can find the time at, and her Amazon page is

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