I strongly believe that both writing and reading have the power to change people’s lives for the better. As a child, reading transformed my life. As an author, I see it happening to others all the time. I support Writing East Midlands because it has the ability to make that happen throughout society.
Stephen Booth is a best-selling crime novelist, the author of 16 novels featuring two Derbyshire police detectives. His books have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and his fictional detective DS Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author. The Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers most pleasure”. His novels are published all around the world, and are translated into 15 languages.
Stephen has lived in Nottinghamshire for the past 30 years and is a former newspaper journalist, as well as Regional Secretary of the Guild of Editors. He has been a Reading Champion for UK libraries and represented the British Council at the Helsinki Book Fair. He also teaches crime writing courses and leads writing workshops in local prisons. He is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers’ Association, the International Thriller Writers Association, the British Fantasy Society, and the Newstead Abbey Byron Society.