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. Mo is currently working on her next novel, Bonehead.
‘Books such as Birdman and Skin crackle with Hayder’s expert blend of social realism and atmospheric nuance… Her novels cast spells as no other novels quite do… despite the gory premises that ignite these books — most often, the luridly detailed adventures of serial killers and creative sociopaths — Hayder’s novels oddly are not depressing. Instead, they leave you in awe of her courage. It’s as if she has willed herself to stay awake all night long while everybody else sleeps, keeping her eyes open and her reflexes sharp in order to witness the worst of what our fellow creatures might do.’ Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune (17.02.12)