Karen Traviss is the author of Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact, Crossing the Line, and City of Pearl. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. Since her graduation from the Clarion East class of 2000, her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and On Spec. She lives in Devizes, England.