M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle.
He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree.
Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author.
The Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, was released in hardback in June 2018.
Dea: You used to be a soldier and then a probation officer. How did you get your big break as an author?
Dea: Tilly Bradshaw is a very unusual and engaging character in The Puppet Show, with her social ineptitude making her stand out. Have you met someone like Tilly in real life?
Dea: Above all, The Puppet Show goes beyond the who and the how to show the why – and you don’t shy away from questions of ethics and morality. For me, this is what elevates crime books and makes certain authors such as yourself well worth reading. When is your next novel due out, and what’s it about?
Born in a Burial Gown (2015)
Body Breaker (2017)
Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything (2015)
The Puppet Show (2018)