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Hello! I am the author of the Kate Daniels series. Born in London, I now live in a small Northumberland village with my partner, a former murder detective.
I became a writer after my career as a Probation Officer was cut short following an assault on duty. Long story short, I began using a computer because it was too painful to write with a pen. Ironically, the idea that I might one day become a writer then began to form in my head.
I tried different forms of writing before settling on prose. I spent several years scriptwriting. Among other things, I've written a low-budget romantic comedy with a football theme, a piece of work I'm really proud of. Any producers out there? It's still looking for a home!
When I finished that film, I turned my attention to the BBC, pitching a television serial based on characters in my then unfinished debut crime novel THE MURDER WALL. I won a place on the BBC North East Voices Drama Development Scheme. After completing the TV script, I went back to the book I had started years before but somehow never thought I'd finish.
Eventually, I found a brilliant literary agent, Oli Munson (AM Heath) who I adore. Every writer should have an Oli! With his patience and expertise, and more hard work from me, THE MURDER WALL and SETTLED BLOOD - the first two books in my DCI Kate Daniels series - were sold to Germany. Goldmann picked up the rights after a heated auction in the first translation deal for the Newcastle based crime series.
In July 2010, I won the Northern Writers' Award. And in October of that year, British and Commonwealth rights - including Canada - were sold to Publishing Director Wayne Brookes at Pan Macmillan, a publishing deal that is ongoing.
In the US, the three of the Kate Daniels series have been published by Harper Collins/William Morrow imprint Witness Impulse and a further two are in the pipeline.
In November 2013, I won the Polari First Book Prize 2013 for my debut, The Murder Wall and the Kate Daniels series has since been optioned for TV. I am currently shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, the result of which will be announced on 4th December, 2014.
My books are available in all good bookshops and also on Amazon.