I write crime, psychological thrillers and suspense - or grit-lit, as I call it. Some of my work is dark and violent and my background when I worked as a housing officer makes for a unique point of view at times. My inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.
TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I am now writing two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and creating a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be out in Spring 2015 and ONLY THE BRAVE in Summer 2015.
THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women's fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are too dark for women's fiction alone - although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre - too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime. There are three at the moment, available individually or as a box set. Book 4 will be coming in October 2014.
WATCHING OVER YOU is dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too - where obsession and friendship turns to murder.
I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website www.melsherratt.co.uk or I'm on Twitter at @writermels