JOHN CONNOLLY grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Before he started to write books, he worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University.
John's first novel for young people, The Gates, was published in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells/The Infernals in 2011 and The Creeps in 2013. DreamWorks has acquired these three books, the Samuel Johnson trilogy, for development. John is best known to adult readers as the creator of detective Charlie Parker, who has appeared in thirteen novels, beginning with Every Dead Thing (1999) and most recently A Song of Shadows (2015). John is also the author of Bad Men (2003), The Book of Lost Things (2006), and two collections of short stories, Nocturnes (2004) and Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 (2015). He is the co-editor (with Declan Burke) of Books to Die For (2012), a prize-winning collection of essays from the world's top crime writers.
John hosts a weekly radio show, ABC to XTC, on Internet radio station RTE 2XM.
John lives in Ireland, but also spends time in Portland, Maine, where many of his novels are set.
You can read more about him on his author website.
JENNIFER RIDYARD spent a happy, sun-drenched childhood in the mining town of Benoni, South Africa, during the 1970s and 1980s—her only defense for this being ignorance.
On leaving school she embarked on a rocky career path including a short stint as a nurse, several waitressing jobs (the best was at an ice-cream parlor), a prolonged run as a bank clerk, and a span as a barmaid.
She worked as a check-out girl, conducted market research surveys, and was even a Sunday School teacher, albeit briefly.
Finally in 1994—the year of South Africa's first democratic election—Jennie became a cub reporter at a local newspaper. Her first job as a newshound was literally a wild goose chase, rushing to the scene when a rare waterfowl landed in someone's swimming pool. Unfortunately the bird left before she got there. She went on to become the lifestyle editor on a national daily newspaper.
In 2004 she moved to Ireland, but spends much time in South Africa.
She writes, reads, recycles, tries to paint, doesn't eat meat, loves cake, and enjoys long walks with the family pound puppies, Sasha, Coco, and Juno.
Jennie has two children, Cameron and Alistair.
How well do John and Jennie know each other? Their American publishers asked . . .