becky_300New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell has published nine novels in over ten different languages. Her novels have won the ITW Thriller, the Macavity, and the Bruce Alexander awards. They have been nominated for the GoodReads Choice award, the Barry, the RT Reviewers Choice, and the APPY award. She and her husband and son live in Berlin. Find Rebecca Cantrell on Facebook, Twitter, and at

Story behind the stories…

A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer. She wrote the Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s, including A Trace of Smoke, A Night of Long Knives, A Game of Lies, and A City of Broken Glass.

She also wrote the Order of the Sanguines trilogy with James Rollins. The trilogy includes: The Blood Gospel, Innocent Blood, and Blood Infernal.

She also writes the Joe Tesla mystery series set in Grand Central Terminal and the tunnels underneath New York City. The series includes: The World Beneath and The Tesla Legacy.

A faded pink triangle pasted on the wall of Dachau Concentration Camp and time in Berlin, Germany in the 1980s inspired the Hannah Vogel series. Fluent in German, she received her high school diploma from the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin and studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Georg August Universität in Göttingen before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.

When she visited Berlin in the summer of 2006, she was astounded to discover that many locations in her novel have been rebuilt and reopened in the last few years, including the gay bar El Dorado and the Mosse House publishing house.

Her short stories have appeared in the Missing and First Thrills anthologies, and are available online.

Her screenplays The Humanitarian and A Taste for Blood were finalists at Shriekfest: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival.

Sean-Black_large_about4Sean Black grew up in Scotland, but also spent parts of his childhood in the United States, including a stint attending high school in Terre Haute, Indiana. Video game machines, hotel ice dispensers, and the fact that it didn’t rain ninety-percent of the time left him with the indelible impression that America was indeed a promised land.

By the time he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Sean had already published some short fiction and print journalism. A summer spent teaching in a housing project in New Orleans and following former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke’s campaign for US Senate taught him that while America was still a promised land, there might be more to it than video games, ice dispensers, and better weather.

After graduation, and thinking that writing screenplays would be a way to write full-time, without having to starve in a garret, Sean won a place at Columbia University in New York to study for his Master of Fine Arts in Film. He lived in New York for three and a half years, before moving to Los Angeles, where he met his wife.

Making a living as a screenwriter proved trickier than he’d thought, so in 1995, Sean and his wife moved to England where he got a job teaching at a college. Four years later, he landed his first television-writing gig, and quit teaching to write full-time. Between 1999 and 2008, Sean wrote over seventy episodes of some of Britain’s best-known television dramas

In 2006, as part of the research for a television series he was developing, he enrolled on an intensive 24-day bodyguarding course. The TV series wasn’t picked up, but it gave him the idea for a series of thrillers about an ex-military bodyguard who finds himself working in high-end private security. In November of 2007, he started writing the first book in the series, Lockdown.

In September of 2008, after a heated auction, Lockdown sold to Bantam/Transworld in what Publishers Weekly categorised as ‘a major deal’. Dutch, German, and Russian rights were also quickly snapped up.

The research for the second book in the series took Sean to Pelican Bay Supermax prison in California—home to some of America’s most violent criminals. There were no video games or ice dispensers—which is as it should be.

Learn more about Sean by visiting his website.