Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University. Previous jobs on a long and winding career path have included selling cars, working as a medical rep and selling printing consumables. She currently works as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Kent with her husband and son.

Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon's Best Book of the Year 2011 and is now a New York Times bestseller. It was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month, an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Elizabeth has taken part in Nanowrimo every year since 2005 and it forms the focal point of her writing; for one month every year, writing takes priority over almost everything else. Having completed a full draft of Into the Darkest Corner in 2008, Elizabeth took a creative writing course at West Dean College run by Greg Mosse, and with his encouragement, submitted her book to Myriad.

Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published by Myriad in March 2012 and her third novel, Human Remains, was published in February 2013. Her latest novel is Under a Silent Moon.

Visit Elizabeth Haynes' website.

On press

'The best bit of all, I think, was that the whole process of writing a book, editing it and having it accepted for publication by Myriad Editions has all been such a fantasy come true that to actually see my book turning into something solid, tangible, real… it was just amazing. It was all I could do to stop myself jumping up and down and hugging people and whooping and shouting out “Look!!! That’s MY book!!! I wrote that, me, I did!!!” '

See more photos of Elizabeth's visit to CPI printers to see Into the Darkest Corner being printed or to read about it click here.

Elizabeth was named as one of the 10 Women to Watch in 2012 by BookPage's influential literary blog The Book Case.

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2012

Elizabeth was selected by 'Queen of Crime' Val McDermid as one of the future crime stars speaking on the New Blood panel at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2012. After the events she was interviewed by reading website and magazine We Love This Book. Along with fellow panelists David Mark (The Dark Winter), Oliver Harris (The Hollow Man) and Kate Rhodes (Crossbones Yard), Elizabeth answered questions about what it means to be a crime writer today. Read full interview

Elizabeth Haynes on TV Book Club

Author's blog

30 Days 50,000 Words

The Last Post….(here)

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Me and my shed

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I’m back, did you miss me?

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Book Signings and Pictures

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Choreographing the final scene

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That ‘racing towards the end’ feeling

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On the mystical delights of having a shed…

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Everything gets shredded in the end

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About time too

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Virtual Write-In, Anyone?

As you all know by now, I’m a very effective procrastinator… if I’m writing at home, there will be any number of distractions to hand, usually things like laundry, Jeremy Kyle, the g...

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