Read about Mari below
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.
The Murder Wall, my debut, is on the longlist for the Polari First Book Prize.
THE MURDER WALL, SETTLED BLOOD and DEADLY DECEIT are available in all good bookshops and also on Amazon.