One of Britain's most popular crime novelists, Minette Walters has attracted as many fans in the U.S. as she has in the U.K. Ever since her first novel, The Ice House, received the esteemed British John Creasey Award for best first crime novel in 1992, Walters has continued to win awards and accolades for her dark thrillers.
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Dorchester, Dorset, England
Date of Birth:
September 26, 1949
Place of Birth:
Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
B.A. in French, Dunelm (Durham University), 1971
Edgar and Macavity Awards for The Sculptress, 1993; CWA Gold for The Scold’s Bridle, 1994; Pelle Rosenkrantz Award for The Shape of Snakes, 2002
|A Writer's Relief|
|"I began my working life as a magazine journalist," Walters reveals in our exclusive interview, "and became an editor of a romantic fiction magazine before turning freelance and writing dark crime thrillers. When asked why I switched from romance to crime, I say: ‘If you'd had to read as many syrupy romances as I did, you, too, would find relief in killing people.' " |
|Walters's Inspiration||Favorite Writers and Reads|
|The Power and the Glory|
In our interview with Walters, she named Graham Greene as a favorite writer, explaining, "He explored the angst of the human condition in some of the most beautiful and compelling prose I know.... If I have to choose one of his books, I’d nominate The Power and the Glory because the sad little whisky-priest hero...is the sort of quiet, unassuming hero that keeps us all on track."
Walters chose Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone as a favorite book, telling us, "It reads as well today as it did when it was first published in the 19th century. Collins was a friend of Charles Dickens, and his work has the same gritty realism and attention to detail that Dickens had." Read our interview with Walters to learn more about her favorite writers and reads, including:
|Photo by Michael Trevillion||