A third generation Oklahoman, Donis Casey and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents on farms and in small towns. There they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in English, and earned a Master's degree in Library Science from Oklahoma University. After teaching school for a short time, she enjoyed a career as an academic librarian, working for many years at the University of Oklahoma and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Donis's Alafair Tucker mystery series is set in early 20th Century eastern Oklahoma. The series is inspired by true tales of her extended Oklahoma family, and celebrates the lives of the remarkable women, men, and children who built the Sooner State. Since 1984, she has lived in Tempe, Arizona with her husband.
Nathan Hale High School, 1966,Tulsa, Oklahoma; BS (Education), 1970, University of Tulsa; MLS 1974, University of Oklahoma; attended Oklahoma State University, 1966-67; and Northeastern Oklahoma State University, 1971.