The three ladies of crime who form Femme Fatale are Alanna Knight, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson. Alanna Knight has written more than 70 books since first published in 1968 including historical crime, romance and thrillers. Knight’s historical and current crime series include 19 Inspector Faro and 10 Rose McQuinn novels. In addition Knight has written plays for the stage and radio as well as numerous short stories. The honorary president of both the Scottish Association of Writers and the Edinburgh Writer’s Club and a founding member of the Scottish Crime Writers Association, Alanna was awarded an MBE is for services to literature.
Alex Gray began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl, Keep the Midnight Out, and The Darkest Goodbye. She is the co-founder, with Lin Anderson, of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
Lin Anderson is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona Macleod series of crime thriller novels. A former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, Lin is also a screenwriter. A movie based on her Dead Close story is going into production this year, and in Lin’s experiences of Cannes and Its film festival provided the setting for her other thriller series featuring private investigator Patrick De Couvoisier.