Kim Harrison is a nom de plume of American author, Dawn Cook. Under the name of Harrison, she is best known for her Rachel Morgan (The Hollows) urban fantasy series set in an alternate history where a worldwide pandemic caused by genetically modified tomatoes led to the death of a large portion of the world's human population. At that point, the hidden "Inderlanders," creatures such as witches, werewolves, vampires, and more, came forward and revealed their existence to the world.
A self-proclaimed "former tomboy," Kim Harrison (born and raised in the Midwest) grew up the only girl in a family of boys. She discovered her talent for writing at the age of fifteen, when she began writing down the stories that filled her head to the point of near addiction. Despite her love for the page, she took an unorthodox approach to writing, and claims to have avoided English courses beyond the basic requirements in high school and college.
At first, Harrison tried her hand at writing traditional science fiction, but began writing modern-day fantasy after deciding to focus more on character development. She spent the better part of a decade struggling as an aspiring author before meeting her current agent at a writing convention. He then introduced her to Diana Gill, who became Harrison's editor. Together, they produced Dead Witch Walking, and her first book was published in paperback by HarperTorch in 2004. Since then, she has written six more books in the Rachel Morgan, or The Hollows series (most with titles punning off Clint Eastwood movies) and contributed to multiple anthologies, with prequels to the Hollows books, and one with a young adult story.
After the success of her first novel, Harrison was able to quit her day job, devoting herself to writing full time. Her favorite author is Ray Bradbury. She references music as one of her strongest writing influences, providing song lists for several of her characters. In her spare time, she communicates with fans via her self-maintained website. She currently lives in South Carolina.
Harrison is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In the May 2009 issue of Locus magazine, it was revealed that she is also known as Dawn Cook, author of the "truth" series.