Holli Castillo is a former New Orleans prosecutor and current Louisiana appellate public defender. She received a JD from Loyola University attending classes at night while she worked as a child support collector at the D.A.'s Office during the day. She received a B.A. in Drama from the University of New Orleans while working at the Can Can Cabaret on Bourbon Street.
She lives in the metropolitan New Orleans area with her husband, two kids, dog, and deaf cat.
Gumbo Justice is her first novel, and is the first in the Crescent City Mystery Series featuring female prosecutor Ryan Murphy. The second in the series, Jambalaya Justice, is scheduled for release Spring, 2011.