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CrimeFest 2022: ITW: Thrilling For A Living

   Friday 13 May 2022
16:00 - 16:50

The Panel are: Alison Bruce, Dugald Bruce-Lockheart,
Alex Shaw, Michael Stanley

and the participating Moderator is Zoe Sharp

Alison Bruce was born in Croydon and grew up in Wiltshire. She had moved to the Cambridge area in 1998 and decided to make it the backdrop for the books because of its unique mix of characteristics. She writes the DC Gary Goodhew / Cambridge Blue series and has also written two standalone novels, I Did It for Us and The Moment before Impact. Alison has a first-class BSc (Hons) in Crime and Investigative Studies and works with the Eastern region police forces. Her next novel, Because She Looked Away, will be published in spring 2023.

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart is an actor-turned-writer with 25 years of experience in theatre, television and film. His debut novel The Lizard, published in 2020, has been optioned by Australian TV & Film company, Prodigy Movies, to be turned into a television series for a global audience. Having written the pilot episode for the TV adaptation, Dugald is putting the finishing touches to the sequel of The Lizard, Second Skin.

Alex Shaw spent the late 1990s in Ukraine, teaching and running his business before joining Siemens to work across the former USSR, and the EMEA. An ITW and CWA member, his Aidan Snow, Jack Tate and Sophie Racine thrillers are published by HarperCollins and Luzifer Verlag. Total Blackout was shortlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award – Best Published Novel. Alex and his family divide their time between homes in Ukraine and England. 

Michael Stanley is writing duo Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears. Their mystery novels, featuring Detective Kubu, are set in Botswana. The third – Death of the Mantis – won a Barry Award and was an Edgar finalist. Their fourth, Deadly Harvest, was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award. Their seventh mystery, Facets of Death, was released in 2020. Their book, Dead of Night, published in 2019, is a thriller about rhino-horn smuggling, with protagonist Crystal Nguyen. Stanley lives in Minneapolis and Cape Town.

Zoë Sharp spent her childhood living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She began writing crime thriller fiction after receiving death-threats in the course of her work as a photojournalist and has been nominated for numerous awards. She is currently writing a new mystery thriller series for Bookouture, which began with The Last Time She Died.

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