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Hello! I am the author of the Kate Daniels series. Born in London, I moved to the North East as a child. When my parents moved away, I stayed. 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, spending several years working as a film/television scriptwriter. 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 started years ago 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' Time to Write Award. And in October of that year, British and Commonwealth rights - including Canada - were sold to Publishing Director Wayne Brookes at Pan Macmillan in a three book deal. They have since acquired a futher two in the series.
In the US, the first three of the Kate Daniels series have been published as ebooks by Harper Collins/William Morrow imprint Witness Impulse.
In November 2013, I won the Polari First Book Prize 2013 for my debut, The Murder Wall.
My books are available in all good bookshops and also on Amazon.