I’m delighted to announce that I’ve joined Killer Women, the London-based collective of female thriller writers that, in a little over a year, has become a major force in the UK crime writing scene. I’ve already attended my first Prosecco-fuelled ‘salon’, in the dark basement of a Clerkenwell pub, and couldn’t be more exited about the plans these dangersome ladies have in place for the coming months.
Other new recruits to the club of the deadly are my good friends Elly Griffiths, Julia Crouch and Amanda Jennings, and taking the total from fifteen to twenty are Rachel Abbott and Emma Kavanagh, both of whom I very much look forward to meeting soon.
Including award winning and best selling authors, Sarah Hilary, Paula Hawkins, Jane Casey, MJ McGrath and Erin Kelly, Killer Women was formed in 2015 to enable its members to share knowledge, provide mutual support and promote the work of British women crime writers.
Killer Women quickly became an established brand in UK crime-writing, one with which numerous publishers have wanted to be associated. The inaugural festival in Shoreditch last October was a sell-out success, attracting major sponsorship and TV attention, whilst the Crime Club Anthology, a collection of fifteen short stories, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Audie Award. During the year, Killer Women give talks and interviews, attend festivals and support bookshops and libraries.
The Killer Women are:
Alison Joseph, Amanda Jennings, Colette McBeth, DE Meredith, Elly Griffiths, Emma Kavanagh, Erin Kelly, Helen Smith, Jane Casey, Julia Crouch, Kate Medina, Kate Rhodes, Laura Wilson, Louise Voss, Louise Millar, Melanie McGrath, Paula Hawkins, Rachel Abbott, Sharon Bolton, Sarah Hilary and Tammy Cohen.