Christine Wiltz, a native New Orleanian, is the author of five books. Her latest, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris' first work of nonfiction, is the story of Norma Wallace, French Quarter legend. It was awarded "Book of the Year-2000" by the New Orleans/Gulf South Booksellers Association. Her other four books are novels, all set in New Orleans. Glass House uses a true incident as a jumping-off point: the murder of a New Orleans police officer in 1980 and the racial fear and unrest that resulted. Her earlier novels, The Killing Circle, A Diamond Before You Die, and The Emerald Lizard, are mysteries featuring Irish Channel detective Neal Rafferty. She also co-wrote and co-produced the TV documentary Backlash: Race and the American Dream, about David Duke and his followers, which aired on PBS in 1992, at the time of the gubernatorial runoff between Duke and Edwin Edwards.
Chris has been Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Loyola and Tulane Universities. She has also reported for trade journals, lectured on New Orleans literature, and written a screenplay and several film treatments, including one for The Last Madam. Early in her career, she worked as a proofreader in a Los Angeles advertising agency, assistant to a psychiatrist in a drug rehabilitation program, on-the-road costumer for a 1950s nostalgia band, and short-order cook, jobs that taught her discipline, stamina under pressure, and how to put out a grease fire.
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