This week’s theme is: fun facts about authors.

How to:
1. Choose a writer you like.
2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
4. Come sign the Mr Linky below with the url to your fun facts post.
5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.

I have a hard time deciding on one author, but since I had read and enjoyed so much about Mo Hayder's crime thrillers, I decided to do this post about her.

1. Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.

2. Her debut, BIRDMAN, published in January 2000, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, THE TREATMENT, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel Sunday Times bestseller TOKYO, which was published in May 2004 in the UK, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, the SNCF Prix Polar, and was nominated for three CWA dagger awards. Tokyo was published as THE DEVIL OF NANKING in the US March 2005. PIG ISLAND her fourth best seller was published in April 2006 and was nominated for both a Barry Award for best british crime novel and a CWA dagger. Her fifth book, RITUAL, the first of THE WALKING MAN series, has been nominated for The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award and is currently available.

3. Hayder lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.

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17 Responses
  1. Alice Says:

    Great choice of author, Melody!

    Thanks to your previous reviews, I have two of her books ie. BIRDMAN and THE TREATMENT. I haven't read them though. :)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Never heard about her. And with such a pretty security guard, I wonder how she didn't need any security.

    I'll have to look into her books though. I especially like the with the title 'Tokyo'.

  3. Melody Says:

    Alice - As you can tell, Mo Hayder is one of my favourite authors. Her thrillers are great... so exciting and yet so brutal at times! I'm hoping you'd read those two books soon! :)

    Violet - I enjoyed readingTokyo! And the cover is great too... It's simple but yet it's so eye-catching, isn't it?

  4. Louise Says:

    Great post! I really want to read this author, as I love thrillers. Thanks for posting about her, one of the many new authors I am discovering through this week's Weekly Geek,


  5. Debi Says:

    I don't know why I haven't read any of her books yet! I wrote her name down long ago as an author to try, thanks to you. Guess it's just that "too many books, too little time" problem that haunts us all.

  6. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Never heard of her before. Great trivia finds though!

  7. Julia Says:

    I saw one of her book at Barnes and Noble, once. But just didn't pick it up. I know I know...I said I would, Melody. But there were other books that I really WANT first. I promise eventually I will get the book. :)

  8. Ana S. Says:

    I hadn't heard of her before either. Thanks for all the info, Melody!

  9. Melody Says:

    Louise - Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll read her books soon and that you'll enjoy them! :)

    Debi - I'm so with you on the "too many books, too little time"! :P

    Jen - Oh, I love her books. A must-buy for me! I'm hoping you'd read her books one day...

    Julia - Do let me know once you've bought her books, OK? ;)

    Nymeth - A coworker introduced her books to me and from then onwards, I was hooked!

  10. I am so glad you chose Mo Hayder! And what interesting little tidbits about her! Thank you for sharing, Melody!

  11. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Mo Hayder is one of my favourite authors! I'm hoping she'll have a new releases out soon!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    This is one of those situations where I recognized a few of the book titles but don't recall at all the author's name! huh. Thank you for a great feature.

  13. The Bookworm Says:

    great author choice Melody :)
    I havent read her books before, but they sound really good.

  14. Melody Says:

    Care - I do have those moments too, hehe.

    Naida - They're real good IMO. I hope you'll give them a try. :)

  15. Iliana Says:

    OMG - I thought these books were written by a man!

    I've not read these but I know I have Birdman on my stacks and one of these days I will get to it :)

  16. Julia Says:

    I well definitely sing it to you when I brought Mo's books *grin*...

  17. Melody Says:

    Iliana - You know, I can't tell if the author is a man or a woman in the beginning too. ;) Oh, you've to read Birdman, it's so good!

    Julia - I'm definitely looking forward to it! :)

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