Val McDermid is one the nation’s foremost, respected
and most popular authors, with a proud back catalogue of best selling
novels that outweighs just about everybody else in her field.
For Murder was published in 1987 and Val has never looked back. With
many of her novels being adapted for TV - the most notable of which, Wire
In The Blood, stars Robson Green and Hermione Norris as psychologist
Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan – she now has 22 novels to her name,
reports regularly for national newspapers and is a frequent contributor
to BBC Radio 4 programs.
is also a keen enthusiast of the short story and became Editor of the
Save Our Short Story Campaign which aimed to give the short story a higher
prestige and profile. So popular was the campaign, that the anthology
attracted contributions from authors of the standing of Stella Duffy and
also recently contributed the storyline for BBC Radio 3’s Lost
In Liverpool project, which saw six new playwrights to radio get
their work produced on nationally.
Acting as Chair for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for its two previous
years, Val McDermid stepped down last year but still remains actively
involved in its overall organisation
has a son and divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland.