About Dharma Kelleher


Headshot of Dharma KelleherDharma Kelleher writes gritty stories about diverse characters who’ve been dealt a tough hand in life. Her stories reflect a world of intolerance, greed, and violence, often hidden beneath a veneer of civility and privilege. Genres include thriller, noir, horror, and even edgy YA.

Dharma is a biker chick with a punk rock attitude and Buddhist compassion. She’s had a love of books and reading since she was three. Some of her favorite stories from early childhood were Barrie’s Peter Pan and Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Her first job as a teenager was shelving books in the local library, located oddly enough right next to a railroad track. Nice and quiet . . . until a train thundered by.

While working at the library, Dharma discovered her passion for writing, pounding out stories on a manual Smith Corona typewriter.

Years later, she earned her degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Over the years, she has worked as a news director, a construction worker, a goldsmith, a caregiver, and a web developer.

Eventually, Dharma returned to writing. In 2007 and 2008, she participated in and won National Novel Writing Month. She then began honing her writing skills with the help of books, editors, podcasts, and critique groups.

In 2016, her debut novel Iron Goddess: A Shea Stevens Thriller was published by Alibi (Penguin Random House), followed a year later by the sequel, Snitch. Her latest novel, Chaser, is the first in a new series about transgender bounty hunter, Jinx Ballou.

Dharma is a member of the Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance for Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and three feline overlords.