M. C. Beaton
N. J. Cooper
R. S. Downie
The Macaulay Institute
Dreda Say Mitchell
S. J. Parris
L. C. Tyler
Christopher Brookmyre is the winner of 2007 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for writing, and his novel All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye won the 2006 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for Comic Fiction. Snowballs in Hell, was a number one bestseller in Scotland and his previous books include Quite Ugly One Morning, which was dramatised for television starring James Nesbitt, and A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away. His most recent publication is Pandaemonium. He lives with his wife and children just outside Glasgow.
Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and 26 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He recently started a new series starring a kinesics expert – Kathryn Dance – which has been published to enormous acclaim. He has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted. His new Lincoln Rhyme novel – The Burning Wire – is published in July 2010.
Joanne Harris is one of Britain’s most versatile and popular novelists. She is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film) and seven other bestselling novels including Gentlemen & Players and The Lollipop Shoes. Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born. Her latest novel is blueeyedboy, a gripping psychological thriller.
Jeff Lindsay is the author of the acclaimed Dexter novels, now adapted into an award-winning TV series. In addition, Jeff’s plays have been performed on the stage in New York and London. Outside of his writing, Jeff is a musician and karate enthusiast. He lives in South Florida, with his family.
Val McDermid was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and was one of the youngest undergraduates accepted into St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She was a journalist throughout the ‘70s and her first book was published in 1984.
Val is the author of over twenty bestselling novels, which have been translated into thirty languages, and have sold over ten million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She is the creator of clinical psychologist Tony Hill, first seen in her classic The Mermaids Singing, and later portrayed by Robson Green in the hugely popular ITV1 television series, which has now been sold to forty territories worldwide.
2010 will see Val honoured with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger marking her outstanding contribution to crime writing.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.
A contributor to BBC2′s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.
Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing since she was a child. She is the author of the Grant County series of international bestsellers Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege, the bestselling thrillers set in Atlanta, Triptych and Fractured, and the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like a Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.