Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000, and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with one cat and a famous teddy bear.
Ann Cleeves grew up in the British countryside, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs before going back to college and training to be a probation officer. In 2006 she won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (formerly the Gold Dagger Award) for best crime novel of the year for Raven Black.
Liza Cody, one of Britain’s most inventive writers, grew up in London. She has worked as a graphic designer, furniture designer, shop assistant, cleaner, and hair inserter and coloring artiste at Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork museum. She has won the John Creasey Prize for Crime Fiction and the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award. She lives in Somerset, England.
John Connor was a senior criminal lawyer within the Crown Prosecution Service.
Sarah Diamond was born in 1976 and grew up in Weymouth, England before studying English Literature at Reading University. She now works as an advertising copywriter and lives in London. She has written three highly acclaimed previous novels.
Stella Duffy was born in London, grew up in Tokoroa, New Zealand, and has lived back in London since 1986. She has published eleven novels. Stella was longlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel State of Happiness which has been optioned by Fiesta Productions and Zentropa, for whom she is also writing the screenplay. Duffy’s short story “Martha Grace” won CWA Macallan Short Story Dagger in 2002. Her novels have been published in the USA, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Russia.
John Harvey’s Charlie Resnick is British crime fiction’s best-kept secret. In the ten novels Harvey wrote about Resnick before ending the series, he established his character as a believable ordinary policeman who investigated ordinary, everyday crime, rooted in the socio-economic plight and drab lives of many people in the city of Nottingham.
Joyce Holms was born and educated in Glasgow. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and her interests include hillwalking and garden design. She is married with two grown-up children.
Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England but has spent most of his adult life in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was a lecturer in the French department of the University of Aberdeen until he took early retirement. He is married and has four children.
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. An international bestseller, she’s published over 20 books, including A Place of Execution and The Distant Echo. The BBC America television series, Wire in the Blood, is based on her work.