Morgan grew up on a ranch just outside Grove, Oklahoma. She was the Grove Roundup Club's Rodeo Queen when she was 15 years old -- and she still likes to wear boots and jeans. She's a descendant of The Dalton brothers, which may or may not explain her bent for things western. Morgan picked up her basic knowledge of criminal investigation while she was Chief Dispatcher for a city police department in northeastern Oklahoma, and as permit clerk and dispatcher for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. While with OHP, she could fire 12 rounds in under 15 seconds using a handgun, and scored 93% target-shooting with a rifle from a cruiser (had to exit cruiser and use door as shield while firing through open window). She and Loren Estleman live on 120 acres in Michigan, in a home that reflects their shared love for antiques. Morgan enjoys photographing other authors and many of those photos have appeared nationally in magazines, newspapers, and on book jackets.
An accomplished poker player, Morgan's been known to match skills with such luminaries as Sara Paretsky, Lawrence Block, and Parnell Hall at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
Morgan has a son, a daughter, a grandson, and a granddaughter.