Shelley Freydont is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Kiss Of Death RWA chapter, as well as a previous president of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is the author of the Lindy Haggerty Mystery series, which consists of five books. She has also performed as a professional dancer with Louis Falco, Twyla Tharp Dance, and American Ballroom Theater, as well as choreographing and teaching for organizations all over the world. She has appeared on PBS' Great Performances, Evening at the Pops, and Happy New Year USA a number of times. Using the pen name Gemma Bruce, she also writes romance books. Fredyont and her two children live in Ridgewood, New Jersey.