Killer Women is a group of London-based crime writers.
BIO: Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Her bestselling debut, The Wicked Girls, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, and was nominated for Macavity, Anthony and ITW Awards. The Killer Next Door, her second novel, won a Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel, was nominated for the Anthony and Barry awards, and has been optioned for film by James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly. The Darkest Secret, a tale of two family gatherings and a disappearance, will be released in the UK in January 2016. She lives in south London and generally works in bed.
INTERESTS: Alex is interested by the circumstances, social and psychological, that contribute to crime, in the tiny incremental steps that lead to terrible consequences. As a former journalist, she is also fascinated by the ways in which the media shapes public attitude – and can often mislead it. She is an adventurous amateur cook, and would be happiest of all living somewhere where she could snorkel every day.
PUBLICIST: Kirsteen Astor – Kirsteen.Astor@littlebrown.co.uk
BIO: Alison Joseph is a crime writer and award-winning radio dramatist. She is the author of the series of novels featuring Sister Agnes, a contemporary detective nun, and also ‘Dying to Know,’ a crime novel abut particle physics featuring DI Berenice Killick. Her new novel, ‘Murder Will Out’, is the first of a new series featuring Agatha Christie as a detective. Alison is a former Chair of the British Crime Writers Association.
INTERESTS: the cultural place of crime fiction, eg the apparent innocence of Golden Age writers versus the gritty realism of people like Chandler; science, in particular physics; the tensions created by religious faith in a secular world. Also film; I used to make documentaries before I became a crime writer.
PUBLICIST: Amy – email@example.com
PUBLISHER: Endeavour Press and Allison and Busby
BIO: Colette McBeth is a journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed psychological thrillers, Precious Thing and The Life I Left Behind. Her novels are published in the US and across Europe. Colette has worked at Sky News and the BBC where she was a TV correspondent for ten years covering many major crime stories. She was born in Scotland, grew up in the North East of England and now lives in London with her husband and three children.
INTERESTS: Colette is interested in the psychology of crime and the role of the media has in reporting it. She’s a confident public speaker, an accomplished radio and television performer and has chaired several debates. She’s also a keen runner.
PUBLICIST: Georgina Moore – firstname.lastname@example.org
D. E. Meredith
BIO: D (Denise to her mother) E Meredith is the author of two historical crime novels set in the Victorian Age and featuring the birth of forensic science. The Hatton and Roumande series has been published in the US, Germany and the UK and has been widely praised for its historical detail, as well as its complex plotting. “Devoured” explores the theme of Darwinism and “The Devil’s Ribbon,” the birth of the IRA.
In a previous life, she headed up press operation for the Red Cross, travelling extensively to war zones and ran the landmines campaign. She’s also worked for numerous environmental pressure groups including WWF and Greenpeace, although she’s more of an arm chair activist these days.
She lives near London and is currently working on a crime novel set in Rwanda.
INTERESTS: The history of forensics and pathology, the Victorian Age, the sympathetic villain, the history of policing, morality in the crime novel, the importance of place, Central Africa especially Rwanda and anything relating to the environment especially the imaginary one. Outside writing, she is a mother of teenage sons, bakes cakes, cycles and runs.
PUBLISHER: Allison and Busby
BIO: Erin Kelly is best known for her debut novel, The Poison Tree, which was a major ITV drama, a Richard and Judy Bestseller and long listed for the John Creasy Dagger Award. She is the author of three more acclaimed psychological thrillers as well as the official novel of the Bafta-winning Broadchurch. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. Erin has been a freelance journalist since 1998, and also teaches creative writing. She lives in London with her family.
INTERESTS: Psychology, languages and literacy, parenting, running, rave culture, social justice, heritage and history (especially of London), feminism, class, modern art and binge-watching TV box sets years after everyone else.
PUBLICIST: Eleni Lawrence – email@example.com
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
BIO: Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers Association and English PEN. She travelled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both – from cleaning motels to working as a magician’s assistant – before returning to live in London. Her first two books, Alison Wonderland and Being Light, follow the adventures of an all-female detective agency. Her Emily Castles mysteries are comedies featuring an amateur sleuth. Her work with exiled writers through Freedom From Torture inspired her dystopian novel, The Miracle Inspector.
INTERESTS: Traditional mysteries, comedies, humour, amateur sleuths, detective agencies, mystery series, contemporary mysteries, side-kicks, comedy duos, London, crossing genres, private detectives, female detectives.
PUBLICIST: Grace Doyle – firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer
BIO: Jane Casey is the best-selling author of the Maeve Kerrigan series about a Met detective constable on a murder squad. She has also written three crime novels for teenagers and a stand-alone crime novel, The Missing.
Brought up in Dublin, she read English at Oxford, then worked as an editor in children’s publishing. Jane’s books have been translated into twelve different languages. She has been nominated twice for the Mary Higgins Clark award, once for the CWA Dagger in the Library, and four times for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Married to a criminal barrister, Jane lives in London.
INTERESTS: writing for adults and teens, series fiction, the morality of crime writing, the legal and criminal world in real life vs fiction, the publishing process.
PUBLICIST: Amelia Harvell – email@example.com
BIO: Julia is the author of five internationally published novels: Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, Tarnished, The Long Fall and Her Husband’s Lover, which comes out in paperback on June 15th. Reckoning that the term psychological thriller didn’t do her work justice, she coined the phrase Domestic Noir to describe her particular sub-genre of crime fiction. The term has since gone into general usage. She came to fiction through a series of careers that took in theatre directing, play writing, teaching, graphic and website design and children’s book writing and illustration. She is currently working on her sixth, seventh and eighth books and teaching at universities, festivals and online. She writes in a shed at the bottom of her garden in Brighton, in the company of her two cats, Keith and Sandra.
INTERESTS: Julia is interested in the terrible things we do to one another in the name of love, how much it is possible for a person to hide the truth, and how we make sense of relationships in an age with no boundaries. She loves eavesdropping, cooking – she once appeared on Masterchef – and still works in theatre from time to time.
PUBLICIST: Katie Brown – Katie.Brown@headline.co.uk
BIO: Kate Rhodes was born in London, the city where her Alice Quentin crime series is set. Kate has taught English in colleges and universities in the UK and the USA. She is a prize-winning poet and has published 3 novels in the Alice Quentin series: Cross Bones Yard, A Killing of Angels, The Winter Foundlings. Her next book, River of Souls is due for publication in June 2015.
INTERESTS: Apart from writing novels, Kate is also a keen short story writer and enjoys supporting other writers in numerous workshops. She regularly delivers Guardian master classes is crime writing.
PUBLICIST: Rebecca Mundy – firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLISHER: Mulholland Books
BIO: Kate Medina is the author of White Crocodile, sold to publishers around the world in 2014/15. Set in the landmine fields of Cambodia and featuring a strong female lead, White Crocodile was called a ‘remarkable debut’ in The Independent, ‘a stunning debut’ in the Sunday Mirror and ‘evocative’ in The Times. She was also invited to talk about White Crocodile on Radio 4, Women’s Hour. Her second novel, Fire Damage, is the first in an exciting new crime series featuring clinical psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn – a brilliantly complex character who struggles with a dark past of her own. Fire Damage is published on 24th March, 2016.
Kate has a degree in Psychology and is a former Troop Commander in the Royal Engineers, which lend her novels real authenticity.
She lives in London with her husband and children.
INTERESTS: writing psychological thrillers featuring strong female protagonists with unusual backgrounds, global exploitation, topical world issues .
PUBLICIST: Felicity Denham (UK/Commonwealth) – Felicity.Denham@harpercollins.co.uk
Pamela Brown (US) – email@example.com
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
BIO: Laura Wilson’s psychological crime novels have been critically acclaimed. Her fifth novel, The Lover, was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Award and the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Fiction, and won the French Prix du Polar Europeen. Her seventh, Stratton’s War, which is the first book in a series featuring DI Ted Stratton of the CID, won the CWA Ellis Peters Award. Laura lives in London with her husband and two dogs, and is currently working on her twelfth novel. She is the Guardian’s crime fiction reviewer and lectures in crime writing at City University.
INTERESTS: London, East Anglia, twentieth-century history, psychology of crime, crime fiction, uninhabited buildings and cemeteries.
PUBLICIST: Hannah Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO: Louise Millar is a journalist and the author of three critically acclaimed psychological thrillers, The Playdate, Accidents Happen and The Hidden Girl. Her fourth will be published in the UK and USA in Autumn 2015. She started her journalism career on Smash Hits and the NME and was Senior Editor at Marie Claire for five years. Her role there involved interviewing hundreds of women affected by crime, which led to her interest in the psychology of the subject. Originally from Glasgow, now living in London, she has recently moved the setting of her novels back to Scotland. Her novels are published in ten countries.
PUBLICIST: Sam Eades – Sam.Eades@macmillan.co.uk
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan
BIO: Louise Voss began her writing career in 2000 with four contemporary women’s fiction novels for Transworld/Black Swan until she successfully switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011. She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins. Today Louise is a hybrid author, self-publishing her old solo novels and being published with Mark by Thomas & Mercer
Her first solo psychological thriller, The Venus Trap, was out in February 2015.
INTERESTS: Louise’s writing interests include ‘domestic noir’, psychological thrillers and romantic suspense, usually including fractured family relationships and themes of loss and love. She has talked extensively about self-publishing in the media and is a creative writing teacher, playwright and literary consultant.
PUBLICIST: Sana Chebaro – email@example.com
PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer
BIO: Melanie McGrath is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction. As MJ McGrath, she writes the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries. The first in the series was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the second and third were Times and Financial Times crime picks of the year. The series has been translated into 18 languages. Melanie is a recipient of the John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best British and Commonwealth Writer under 35. She is a former Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University and is currently writing a psychological thriller set in the London riots.
INTERESTS: thrillers, political, US and Scandinavian crime fiction, landscape, travel and the environment, the neuroscience and psychology of crime, London (especially the East End), the Arctic, feminism, creative writing
PUBLICIST: Sam Eades – Sam.Eades@macmillan.co.uk
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan
BIO: Paula Hawkins was born and brought up in Harare, Zimbabwe. She moved to England at the age of seventeen and has lived there ever since, apart from a couple of brief stints in Paris and Brussels. Paula worked in financial journalism for fifteen years, mostly at The Times, before turning her hand to fiction, writing four women’s fiction novels under a pseudonym. The Girl on the Train, published in January 2015, is her first thriller. Translation rights have been sold in twenty-seven countries and the film rights have been optioned by Dreamworks.
INTERESTS: Things I enjoy doing when I’m not writing include: running on treadmills, skiing, football (watching, not playing), long walks on rugged coastal paths, wandering around art galleries and very long pub lunches.
PUBLICIST: Alison Barrow – firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO: Rachel Abbott, who was born and raised in Manchester, founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that, one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks.
Abbott has since written The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child , Kill Me Again and a novella, Nowhere Child. She splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.
PUBLICIST: Maura Brickell – email@example.com
BIO: Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin, won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (“superbly disturbing”), and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. Her follow up, No Other Darkness, was a Barry Award finalist in the US. The latest in her Marnie Rome series, published in March 2017, is Quieter Than Killing. Sarah lives in Bath, chiefly for the gin.
INTERESTS: Sarah has been interested in horror, psychology and crime for as long as she can remember. Her mother was a child internee of the Japanese during WWI. She has written about her family history for the Guardian, the Telegraph and Psychologies magazine. She will happily appear on panels at crime festivals, on the radio, in bookshops, libraries and anywhere else that will have her.
PUBLICIST: Katie Brown – firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO: Tammy Cohen (who formerly wrote as Tamar Cohen) is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels that have been translated into eleven languages. Her psychological thrillers include The Broken, Dying for Christmas and First One Missing. Her latest novel, When She Was Bad, is set in a toxic workplace. The Daily Mail described her thrillers as ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. She worked for twenty years as a journalist on newspapers including The Times and The Telegraph and magazines such as Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. She lives in London with her partner and three children and her woefully undisciplined rescue dog, Doris.
Interests: include psychological crime, domestic noir, the dark side of human relationships, London, Spain (she lived there for several years but please don’t ask her to speak Spanish), unreliable narrators, film, travel, watching crap telly. She is always up for taking part in panels or talking at festivals, bookshops or in libraries, even if she does occasionally* forget her own characters’ names.
*all the time
PUBLICIST: Sarah Harwood – email@example.com
Nikoline Nordfred Eriksen
BIO: Nikoline moved to London from Copenhagen almost 3 years ago. She went on to complete her Masters Degree at Goldsmiths, University of London before she began chasing her dream of a career in publishing. After a stint at Walker Books as a Research Assistant, she started an internship with David Higham Associates where she assisted agent Lizzy Kremer before moving on to working as an Agent’s Assistant for Veronique Baxter. She has recently left Writers House UK to take up a rights position at Gregory & Company Authors’ Agents where she is surrounded by books by some of the best crime authors in the UK. Nikoline’s goal is to become a Literary Agent and to, in time, represent an eclectic and kick-ass list of fantastic authors.
Nikoline assists Killer Women with all things admin related and can often be found behind Killer Women’s Twitter account.
INTERESTS: Interests include unreliable narrators, books that make her cry, psychological crime, YA, strong female voices, diversity, traveling, The Walking Dead and all other addictive TV series