Lee Goldberg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His parents were both journalists -- his father was an on-air reporter for KPIX-TV and his mother was a feature writer & columnist for the Contra Costa Times. He sold his first novel, ".357 Vigilante," written under the pseudonym "Ian Ludlow," while he was still a UCLA student in the mid-1980s and his screenwriting career began when he was hired by New World Pictures to adapt the book for a feature film (that was never made). Since then, he has written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder (1993), SeaQuest 2032 (1993) and Monk (2002) , and is the co-creator of the Hallmark movie series Mystery 101 (2019). As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series. He's also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40+ published novels, including "Lost Hills," "True Fiction," 15 novels based on the "Monk" TV series and five books co-authored with Janet Evanovich.