We are delighted to have a clutch of new members joining us in Crime Cymru, this year. Let me introduce them.
Louise Mullins is the author of 19 crime novels, including her latest, I Know You. She uses her experiences from a prior life working in the field of forensic mental health to write true-to-life compelling thrillers that delve into her characters’ psychology. When not writing she’s plotting her next murder or researching how to get away with it. She’s a self-confessed caffeine addict and chocolate fiend and lives nine miles from her favourite sea haunt with her husband, three children, and growing family of dogs.
Louise Mumford has also joined us. As with the majority of writers, getting published was always Louise’s dream. She used to write terrible pastiches of Anne of Green Gables as a child, involving plucky young orphans getting into scrapes. After a teaching career, her approaching fortieth birthday prompted the realisation that, if she wanted to make a go of being a writer, then the time was now. Insomnia had always been a part of her life, so she didn’t have to go far for her inspiration for her debut thriller Sleepless. The book follows a desperate insomniac called Thea who accepts a place on a sleep trial where nothing is as it seems. Soon she realises that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep…
Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales. At 18 he left for university in London and a career in the NHS. He started writing seriously when he was about 33 and produced three dark psychological thrillers for Random House in the late nineties. Over the last decade and a half he’s dabbled in children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series, but he has now turned back to crime. 3 DI Anne Gwynne novels followed with Bookouture. The Appointment and The Operation, standalone psychological thrillers are published by Bloodhound Books. Trauma comes out in December. He’s still practising medicine.
Myfanwy Alexander, writer and broadcaster, grew up in the hills of Montgomeryshire: the landscape, culture and people of this unique area are a constant inspiration for her. In 2015 she published the first of her crime novels, A Oes Heddwas, introducing her detective Inspector Daf Dafis, also available in English as Bloody Eisteddfod. Daf Dafis is passionate about keeping the peace in his square mile but his life is always complicated. In August 2020, Myfanwy adapted Bloody Eisteddfod for a critically acclaimed drama on Radio 4 and Radio Cymru: ‘..the darkness was delicious.’ Daily Telegraph.
Jake Ridge, from the Rhondda, is better known to children and young adults as author Colin R Parsons, but now he has moved on to writing for adults, pushing the boundaries with the Killian Spooks supernatural crime series with an urban fantasy twist. The first book in the series, Spirit Jumper, will be published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie.