Theo Clare is the pen name of the thriller writer, Mo Hayder. As Hayder, she has published 10 bestselling thrillers. With this new series, THE CIRQUE CYCLE, she is writing under the name of Theo Clare so that her fans will know she is now writing a different kind of book, even if it features all the hallmarks of the brilliant and imaginative writer that fans know and love.
As Hayder she has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a ‘first-class shocker’ by The Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by The Times one of ‘the top ten most scary thrillers ever written’. In 2012 Gone won the prestigious Edgars Best Novel award. Hayder’s books are 100% authentic, drawing on her long research association with several UK police forces and on her personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes. She left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club. She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England’s West Country and is a full-time writer.