Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.
“Chilling, eerie and intense.” News of the World.
Sharon talks to Radio Five Live’s Phil Williams.
Sharon and fellow Oxford crime writer Peter Tickler talk to Eve Ahmed about their books.
15 September 2016. Sharon talks to Samira Ahmed and SJ Parris about whether authors need to visit their book locations.
8 December 2015. Sharon talks to Samira Ahmed about her latest book, Little Black Lies.
CrimeReview asks some testing questions.
The Last Word
The Last Word Book Reviews, 30 June 2015, on the publication of Little Black Lies, UK
Kirkus reviews, 19 May 2015, on the publication of Little Black Lies, US.
You Wrote the Book
Book Based Banter, 24 December 2014. A podcast interview about the Lacey Flint series.
Mystery Tribune, 16 June 2014, Sharon talks to crime writer Claire Donoghue.
“Schooled in Death”
Publishers Weekly, 6 April 2012, on the publication of Dead Scared, US.
Striking Fear into the Hearts of her Readers
The Bookseller, 9 January 2012, on the publication of Dead Scared, UK.
Crime Writers With Killer Ideas
BBC Online, 21 July 2011
Sharon Bolton’s Gritty Novels…
Lancashire Telegraph, 1 June 2009.
Since this website went live, Lupe the lurcher has consistently received more fan-mail from around the world than the woman who walks and feeds her. In this spirit, we have decided to include this photograph and brief biog:
Lupe was born in January 2007, the daughter of Mary, a beautiful black greyhound and Genghis Khan, a hulking great border collie. She runs like the wind, boasts near human intelligence, has phenomenal hearing except on matters of recall and works hard to ensure her family remain fully tuned in to her every need.
She lists her hobbies as rolling in fox-dung, rabbits, knocking elderly ladies to the ground, rabbits, stealing human food, tummy tickles and rabbits. She was thrilled, once again, to receive this year’s Most Avoided Dog in the Village Award.
She is grateful for all the messages of good will she has received from fellow canines and sends out this in return: books are for peeing on and chewing, nothing else!