I write gritty crime dramas and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. My novels will take you to the heart of the crime. Since 2012, I have published eleven crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers, each one climbing into the Kindle UK top 10, with several in the top 3.
 
Named as one of my home town’s top 100 influential people 2018, I’m thrilled to have sold over one million books.

Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. 
I regularly appear at festivals, conferences and events across the country – my favourites being London Book Fair and Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.

When I was young

I always had a book in my hand.  As soon as I got home from school, I would sling down my school bag, flop onto the settee and lose myself in something magical – Enid Blyton (The Magic Faraway Tree), CS Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and Dorothy Edwards (My Naughty Little Sister).
 
Some things never change, apart from I can’t flop onto the settee whenever I please – or at least I try not to do it for too long.  My to-be-read pile gets taller by the day, but that’s more to do with the fact that I now try to follow in my hero’s footsteps by trying to create believable, likeable characters of my own.  
 
I’ve always been writing in some form for as long as I can remember.  At eleven, I  was honoured by Staffordshire County Council after winning my one and only writing competition.  I was one of twenty regional winners out of 60,000 entries nationwide.  
 

I also write contemporary fiction under the name of Marcie Steele

So that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for coming to my website. Don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter (or click on the image below to get a free ebook too) and follow me on Twitter and Facebook