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 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
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!
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.