Calgary-born writer and former film critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Helen Knode earned critical acclaim with her first novel The Ticket Out. Helen has stated she never intended to write novels and was happy in her career as a journalist. However, once inspired to turn to fiction, she hopes she never does anything else. Wildcat Play is Helen’s second mystery featuring LA film critic Anne Whitehead. While Helen used her experience as a film critic for The Ticket Out, she uses her family’s history in the oil industry to craft the setting in Wildcat Play.