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Short bio

Mel Sherratt is the author of twenty-one crime novels, with over two million sales. She writes police procedurals, psychological suspense, and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. 

Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, she lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for most of her books.

She also writes women's fiction under the pen name of Marcie Steele. She is represented by David Headley, DHH Literary Agency.

Long bio

Mel Sherratt is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-one novels, selling over two million copies. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award, she has also been named as one of her home town’s top 100 influential people for four years.

Previous to independently publishing novels and working alongside publishers as a hybrid author, she worked for Stoke-on-Trent City Council. She was a housing officer for eight years, and then spent four years as a training and development consultant in Adult Social Care, where she took care of their press and social media platforms, edited a quarterly magazine, pitched for funding and wrote training policies and strategies for 1400 staff.

Mel regularly speaks on panels at festivals and conferences and has been featured in numerous publications such as Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Writers and Artists Yearbook 2016-2020. She has been a guest on several podcasts including The Self-publishing Formula Podcast, The Bestseller Experiment, Two Indie Authors, The Next Chapter, The Creative Penn and The Worried Writer. 

None of this would have been possible if she hadn’t finished that first novel. Even though she wrestles with self-doubt on a daily basis, her message is always about finishing what you start, and never giving up, no matter what.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband. They sadly lost their terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer), at twelve, and have yet to find a place in their heart to fill his place by their side. 

She is represented by David Headley, DHH Literary Agency.