Technically, Steve was born a London cockney, until the age of five when a move to the suburbs taught him to 'talk posh'. Although a voracious reader since his early years, it wasn't until reading poet Laurie Lee's autobiography "Cider with Rosie" at the age of 15 that he felt spurred into becoming a writer. He has spent the last twenty years editing and writing for computer magazines, while crafting poetry and an impressive back catalogue of fiction.
Peter was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. He was first published in the Simon & Schuster anthology, Children of the Troubles, at the age of 17 and has since been crafting thrillers that blend clever plots with big emotions. Peter is also a closeted sci-fi and tech geek who likes to break things just so he can figure out how to fix them again. Because science...
JJ is a wearer of many hats. Now living in Switzerland, she is a journalist, teacher, actor, director, cultural trainer, and the author of the Beatrice Stubbs European Crime Mystery Series. She's also a founder member of Triskele Books, European correspondent for Words with JAM magazine, co-edits Swiss literary hub The Woolf and is a reviewer for Bookmuse. I suspect JJ may also have superpowers because I'm exhausted from just writing all that up...
Australian author Catherine is a huge crime fiction fan, and her love of the genre is evident throughout her gripping Sydney-set 'Dark Series'. Catherine also loves Netflix and her dog (a winning combination if you ask me), and enjoys the self-confessed hermit/writer lifestyle with occasional trips out into the real world for some vitamin D.
Lucy English is very busy. Not only does she work as both a sociologist and as a writer while racing back and forth between speaking engagements and her Saint Louis, Missouri home, she's also the mother of two teenage boys (I was one of those once - Lucy, you have my sympathy). She has published three books in the Penny Wade Mysteries series, is trying to write a middle grades fiction book, and is working on a non-fiction book on holism.
Desiree says she has been writing since before she could talk. She's had short stories published in various anthologies and her musings have appeared in publications like The Huffington Post and The Frisky. She's the author of the White Rabbit Trilogy and the presenter/producer of the Storytime With Desiree podcast, where she chats with her favourite authors.
My new thriller series, The Cove Trilogy is set in a fictional beach town in Cornwall. I recently spent a couple of weeks visiting old haunts and exploring new places to get a feel for the landscape and community. I also got to spend time with family, meeting four new additions to the Richards clan.
Emily Swanson is back in 'Bad Blood' - the brand new prequel to the gripping British crime thriller series. Grab your copy before February 28th and get two bonus free novels - including Lost Lives, book one of the Emily Swanson series!
I was recently asked to write a blog for author Pauline Baird Jones about why I wrote my novel Lost Lives. Here's what I said:
The new Emily Swanson novel BAD BLOOD is released next week on Valentine's Day. A prequel set four years before Lost Lives, it finds Emily about to graduate from university as a teacher and facing a dilemma about her future. When her unpopular housemate Becky fails to return home one night, Emily begins to suspect something terrible has happened to her. As she begins to ask questions, Emily finds herself at the centre of a dangerous web of lies, deceit and possible murder in this gripping mystery thriller with a killer twist.
Read the first three chapters right here:
Stephen King needs no introduction from me, nor does his brilliant novel, Misery. There were a number of his books I was thinking of to fill the final spot on my list, but this 1987 release about author Paul Sheldon held captive by his 'number one fan' Annie Wilkes takes the honour for its outright craziness and sense of fun.
Published in 1954, Richard Matheson's short novel pretty much invented a subgenre of science-fiction - that of post-apocalyptic survival. A great pandemic has killed off most of the world's population, and those that have survived the disease have developed vampire-like symptoms. They cannot come out in daylight, have an aversion to garlic, thirst for blood - you know the drill.