D.M. Pulley’s first novel, "The Dead Key," was inspired by her work as a structural engineer in Cleveland, Ohio. During a survey of an abandoned building, she discovered a basement vault full of unclaimed safe deposit boxes. The mystery behind the vault haunted her for years, until she quit her day job and started writing. "The Dead Key" was the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award grand prize winner. Pulley continues to work as a private consultant and forensic engineer, investigating building failures and designing renovations. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband and two children and is currently at work on her second novel.