Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, 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. Her fifth novel Ritual was nominated for the Barry Award for Best Crime 2009 and voted Best Book of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly. Gone, her seventh novel, won the Edgar Allen Poe Award and her novel Wolf was nominated for Best Novel in the 2015 Edgar Awards.
In March 2021, it was announced that Mo was turning her attention from crime fiction to speculative thrillers in a brand new epic series THE CIRQUE CYCLE, under the pen-name of Theo Clare. Find out more here.