About Kay

I didn’t grow up burning to be a writer. As a child I wasn’t even much of a reader until fourth grade. That’s when I was stuck at home with the flu and my big sister read THE BLACK STALLION aloud to me. For hours I was enthralled—shipwrecked in a foreign land and riding an untamed horse across the hot desert sand. Then tragedy struck. My sister lost her voice. (I think she caught my flu.) But I couldn’t wait to hear what happened to Alec Ramsey—so I picked up that book, finished reading it by myself, and went in search of more adventures at the local library. 

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I grew up in the Mississippi Delta but today I live in Dallas with my husband, our two children, and a shockingly-spoiled Boston terrier. My family has eaten a boatload of frozen pizza without complaint when I’ve forgotten the time and the dinner hour, caught up in my characters’ lives at the computer. I wouldn’t be able to write without their continuing support and...forgiveness of my culinary shortcomings.

Many others have provided encouragement, advice and a listening ear as I’ve pursued this dream of publication. I’m grateful to and a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors, and International Thriller Writers.


I’ve written four “bulletproof” romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. BULLETPROOF HEARTS (April 2011) won the 2012 HOLT Medallion in Short Contemporary and was a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards. My debut novel—BETTER THAN BULLETPROOF (January 2009)—was a 2010 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient, a Readers’ Crown finalist and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nominee. In addition to their U.S. releases, my national best-selling novels have been published in France, Holland, Estonia, Australia, the UK, and South Africa.  

In November 2013, HARD TARGET: Elite Ops-Book 1 was released in my new series from Avon Impulse, featuring sexy ex-military men...and the women who rescue their hearts. It was a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient as well as a nominee for Best Romantic Suspense Novel of 2014 in the GDRWA Booksellers' Best Awards. PERSONAL TARGET (Elite Ops 2) released in July 2014 and is available now along with HARD TARGET in ebook, print, and audiobook. EASY TARGET (Book 3) released in June 2015 and is available in ebook and print.





art by Jimmy Ellis used with permission www.JimmyEllisArt.com

© Kay Thomas 2018