Delia OwensDelia Owens (born April 4, 1949) is an American author, zoologist, and conservationist. She is best known for her 2018 novel ''Where the Crawdads Sing''.
Owens was born and raised in Southern Georgia, where she spent most of her life in or near true wilderness. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis.
Owens met Mark Owens in a protozoology class at the University of Georgia when they were both graduate students studying biology. They married in 1973, and in 1974 moved to southern Africa to study animals in the Kalahari Desert and Zambia. She wrote about Africa in her memoirs ''Cry of the Kalahari'', ''The Eye of the Elephant'', and ''Secrets of the Savanna''. The couple were expelled from Botswana and are wanted for questioning in Zambia in relation to a murder investigation. They are no longer married. Since returning to the United States, Delia Owens has been involved in bear conservation.
Her debut novel, ''Where the Crawdads Sing'', was released in 2018. It became one of the best-selling books of all time. It was adapted into a 2022 film of the same name. Provided by Wikipedia