P.J. Allen lives and writes in Frederick, MD. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication from Florida State University and works to promote education and health in developing countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Allen is also a licensed acupuncturist. Lies Beneath Ellicott City is her third novel, following the publication of Deadly Untruths, a political thriller, and The Yeti Quotient, a mystery. Her next novel depicts paranormal investigations by the Dulany Team in historic Frederick, MD.