Val McDermid
  • United Kingdom
Share on Facebook MySpace

Val McDermid's Friends

  • Emer Stone
  • Malcolm Holt
  • Jon Loomis
  • Theakstons Crime Festival
  • Love Is Murder Conference
  • Harry Shannon
  • Sara Mills
  • Jeannie Holmes
  • Cindy Daniel
  • sue neale
  • Otis Twelve
  • Theo Gangi
  • Paula R. Stiles
  • Nikki Leigh

Val McDermid's Page

Profile Information

About Me:
My first crime novel, featuring the lesbian detective Lindsay Gordon, was published in 1987 and I've been a full-time writer since I gave up my day job running the Northern Bureau of a national Sunday newspaper in 1991. I was born and raised in a mining community in Fife, Scotland, and I bucked the odds by making it to Oxford University. I was at school with our current Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and we remain connected through our involvement with our local football club, Raith Rovers. I became a writer because I was a reader and loved the idea of being paid money for making stuff up. I've published 20-some novels so far -- six featuring Lindsay Gordon, six featuring Manchester-based PI Kate Brannigan, and five featuring forensic psychologist and profiler Tony Hill and police officer Carol Jordan. I've also written several standalones. The Hill & Jordan novels have been made into the successful TV series Wire In The Blood which airs in 28 countries. My books are translated into 37 languages at the last count and I've won a clutch of awards including the Gold Dagger, the Anthony, the LA TImes Book Award, the Stonewall Writer of the Year, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the Icons of Scotland award. I divide my time between the city (Manchester) and the seaside (A small village in Northumberland). My wife is American and according to my son, she is the best stepmother in the world. We also have two imaginary dogs, Rita and Dolores who love to run on the beach.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Too many authors, too little space.
So I'll confine myself to writers I have discovered in the last couple of years.
Allan Guthrie
Stuart MacBride
Peter Temple
Louise Anderson
Caro Ramsay.

Comment Wall (26 comments)

You need to be a member of CrimeSpace to add comments!

At 8:30pm on February 9, 2008, Ian Gosling said…
Hi Val

I am agreat fan of your books, particularly Hill & Jordan. As a new writer struggling to get notice I would love it if you could find time to have a look at my first novel The Puppet Master and give me some feedback. Ian
At 2:23pm on January 25, 2008, Lindy Cameron said…
Hi Val
We must stop meeting in these strange out of the way places.
At 11:01pm on January 18, 2008, helen black said…
Love what you said about being apid for making stuff up!!
I'm new to this game and still can't quite believe I'm getting real money for doing what I used to geta slap for as a kid.
HB x
At 5:37am on December 6, 2007, Nikki said…
Val, have gawn all silly with excitement to see you on here!! Massive UK fan - and I am trying to act all demure and mature about it - but I'm totally star-struck!!
Cheers Val for creating such amazing worlds and characters for us to escape in to!

At 6:13pm on September 11, 2007, Mary Elwood said…
Hiya! Love your books...I started with A Place of Execution and have read several more since then. The twists and surprises are the best part. Hope to be reading more soon!
At 6:04am on August 24, 2007, Roger Newbury said…
Hi Val, just found you on here. I'm Nubseyone from Mark Billingham's Talk zone, and I've bought some of your books (but haven't yet gotten around to read them yet... give me time... I've got so many to fight through! all those recommendations from the BTZers... heck!) Looking forward to chatting you sometime.

Take care

At 5:00am on July 27, 2007, Lillian Porter said…
I just wanted to say that I enjoy all your books very much and look forward to any new ones coming out.

Will you be writing any more Lindsey Gordon novels?

Lillian - an avid reader
At 7:49am on July 24, 2007, Donna Moore said…
Val - it was great to see you in Harrogate - and thank you for your kind comments about Helena. That gave me a lovely glow :o)
At 11:07am on June 27, 2007, Otis Twelve said…
Hey, Val, got a cig?
At 10:14am on May 2, 2007, John Achor said…

Congratulations on the plug you got for your Bloody Brits in the latest issue of Mystery Scene magazine.

John Achor (BeeJay)

CrimeSpace Google Search

© 2024   Created by Daniel Hatadi.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service