The twenty-five word biog
Forty-something. Married. British. Kids. Living in Oxfordshire. Set up The Writers' Workshop. Used to be a banker. Now a full-time writer. Likes rock-climbing, walking, swimming. Done.
Harry the author
Harry is a critically acclaimed crime novelist, whose work has been published all round the world. He has also written fiction and non-fiction for a variety of major international publishers.
Harry created the Writers' Workshop in 2005 by spending £800 on a website offering editorial services. He thought he might earn a little pin money on the side. Trouble was, people kept sending him manuscripts, rather more than he felt able to deal with. So he hired an editor to assist him. Then another, then another ...
The WW is now the largest editorial consultancy in the UK. The Festival of Writing is the biggest and best writers' conference in the UK, and Agent Hunter is the UK's premier online literary agent search tool.
Harry is currently writing a crime series, featuring a young Welsh detective, Fiona Griffiths. The series has sold to publishers in the UK (Orion), the US (Random House), as well as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and elsewhere. The first novel was televised by Bonafide and broadcast on Sky Living. The novels are notable mostly for the strong voice and strange character of their protagonist. The first three titles in the series are Talking to the Dead, Love Story with Murders, and The Strange Death of FIona Griffiths.
The books have had nice reviews in the Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, New York Times, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Western Mail (all behind paywall) Shelf Awareness, crimefictionlover, and many more fine publications.
"A stunner with precision plotting, an unusual setting, and a deeply complex protagonist… [A] breathtaking book." (Seattle Times)
"A female protagonist with … a razor-sharp wit, a mind on hyper-drive, and a yearning to inhabit “Planet Normal.” … The writing is terrific, just literary enough to make you catch your breath but not so eye-catching that it detracts from the storytelling." (Boston Globe)
More reviews available here. Harry is available for festivals throughout the UK, for online author interviews, guest posts, etc. The books can be ordered from Amazon in the UK, the US and Canada. Harry's Amazon pages are here in the UK, here in the US, and here on Goodreads.
Harry is also the bestselling author of a number of other books:
Harry & friends on Social Media
He tweets as @harryonthebrink, and he and his Writers' Workshop colleagues tweet as @wwonthebrink and @festivalwriting. His friends at Agent Hunter prefer to tweet as @agenthunter1. Harry himself isn't a great tweeter, so if you want fun with social media you probably want to follow Stephen Fry instead.