Authors 2018

  • Stuart MacBride
Stuart MacBride is the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published standalones, novellas and short stories as well as a children’s
picture book.

Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion, and Beetroot, some hens, horses, and a vast collection of assorted weeds.

  • Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is a highly-successful Icelandic crime-writer and award winning playwright. She is the author of five crime novels, detective novels Steps 2009 and Forgiveness 2010 and the Reykjavík Noir Trilogy of which the first book, Snare, was out in English published by Orenda books last year. Netið (English title coming in 2018)  for which she was shortlisted for Iceland's 2017 crimefiction awards and Búrið (English title coming in 2019).

The Reykjavík Noir Trilogy has been sold to many countries and the film rights to the story have been sold to 66 Degrees North/Palomar Pictures. Lilja lives in Reykjavík with her partner and dog.

  • LJ Ross
Louise Ross is the international bestselling author of the DCI Ryan series of mystery thrillers, all based in the North-East. Of the seven books she has published, three have topped the Amazon UK and Australian Kindle charts including her debut, Holy Island, amassing over two million loyal readers.

Louise was born and bred in Northumberland but worked as a regulatory barrister in London before deciding to pursue her dream to write. She recently moved home to Northumberland where she lives with her husband and young son and is enjoying introducing him to the beauty of its countryside, castles and coastline.

  • Ian Skewis

Ian Skewis was born in Scotland in 1970. He wrote articles for a local paper and had his first poems published at the age of 19. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and became an actor, appearing on film and television, and providing his voice for radio. He performed in numerous stage plays that toured internationally, including Like Thunder, which received a Fringe First Award in 2001.

He is the author of several short stories, including Inkling, which was published in an anthology, The Speculative Book, in 2016.  His debut novel, a psychological thriller entitled A Murder Of Crows, was published by Unbound in 2017. It went on to become a No.1 Best Seller on Amazon and was long listed for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

He is currently working on his second novel, as well as numerous other projects. He lives and works in Glasgow.

  • Luca Veste
Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage. He is the author of the bestselling Murphy and Rossi series and the new standalone novel The Bone Keeper. He studied psychology and criminology at the University of Liverpool, is a husband, and a father to two girls. He lives in a house. Not a very big house and not in the country. 

Of his latest work The Bone Keeper, Val McDermid says it ‘will corrupt your days and shatter your nights'

  • Antti Tuomainen

Antti Tuomainen is one of Finland’s most acclaimed and award-winning crime fiction writers. To date, Tuomainen’s works have been translated into more than 25 languages. In The Man Who Died, Tuomainen’s most recent novel, he displays a new side of his authorship and unveils his multifaceted ability in full. The novel, which combines Tuomainen’s trademark suspense with a darkly tinged humor, has won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

  • Leigh Russell
Leigh Russell’s Geraldine Steel series has sold over a million copies and is translated throughout Europe, and China. Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, she has twice been Finalist for the People's Book Prize. 

Lee Child calls her “unmissable” and she has been described in the national press as “a rare talent”. Leigh chairs the CWA Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow.

  • Malcom J Malone
Michael J Malone has published eight novels and one non-fiction book. His latest novel, House of Spines was published by Orenda Books in September 2017. Marcel Berlins of The Times said of the book that it was "a dark joy". He has also published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK.

  • Vicky Newham
Vicky Newham grew up near Chichester, West Sussex. She moved to London to go to university, and taught Psychology there for many years before moving to Whitstable, Kent, where she now lives. Vicky gained an MA Creative Writing from Kingston University in 2014. 

Turn a blind eye is her debut novel, and will be published on April 5th 2018 by HQ/HarperCollins. The novel, which draws on Vicky’s Psychology background & her experience of living and working in East London, is the first in a new series featuring Bangladeshi-born DI Maya Rahman. It has been optioned for TV by Playground Entertainment. 

You can find Vicky on Twitter as @VickyNewham and her website is:

  • Mari Hannah
Scriptwriter and Northumberland based award-winning author Mari Hannah is published by Orion. Her awards include the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall; a Northern Writers’ Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. 

Her acclaimed Kate Daniels crime series is in development with Stephen Fry's production company, Sprout Pictures. Mari is reader-in-residence for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the biggest of its type in the world.

  • Abir Mukherjee
Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. He's been a fan of crime fiction ever since he was 15. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition, the Endeavour Dagger 2017 & is currently nominated for a Barry and an Edgar award in the USA.

  • Johana Gustawsson
Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in Political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London with their three sons. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, whose television adaptation drew over seven million viewers in June 2015. 

Block 46, her first thriller, has now been sold to fourteen countries and is published in the UK by Orenda Books. Keeper, the second book in the Roy & Castells series, will be out in the UK in April.

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