Nebraska Authors

Harley Jane Kozak

Born 1957 Wilkes-Barre, PA (USA)

Writer of mystery-romance novels, and actress. She began her acting career in Lincoln, and mentions being "utterly inspired by fellow students at Lincoln East, UN-L and Nebraska Repertory Theater."

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Fiction; Murder Mysteries; Mystery; Short Stories; Nonfiction essays


Lincoln East graduate
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Graduate Acting Program, New York University


Actress, writer


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 May 2009
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Dating Dead Men, 2017
Mystery Guild featured selection
Nebraska Book Award for Fiction, 2005
Agatha Award
Anthony Award
McCavity Award
University of Nebraska Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts 2010 Alumni Board Award


Dating Dead Men. 2003.
Dating Is Murder. 2005.
Dead Ex. 2007.
A Date You Can't Refuse. 2009.
Harley's 2009 Ames Readings Series program can be viewed here:

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