I was born in Glasgow in 1979, and currently live just outside the city with my wife and three children. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I studied English at the University of Stirling, and then completed a postgrad in Information Technology. These experiences taught me that I'm a lot better with words than I am with computers.
I’ve written a lot of short crime stories, some of which have been published in magazines like Ellery Queen and First Edition. One of my stories, ‘A Living’, was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award, and published in the Sun Book of Short Stories.
My first novel, The Killing Season, was published by Orion in 2014 and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. The sequel, The Samaritan, was selected for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club in 2016, and was followed by The Time to Kill (published as Winterlong in the US), Don't Look For Me and Presumed Dead.
You can find out more about me and the Carter Blake series by visiting my website: www.masoncross.net
About writer's work
My novels are thrillers based in the United States, although I am influenced by both British and American crime fiction. I have appeared at several literary festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Bloody Scotland, the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, CrimeFest, Aye Write, NL Encounters, and Dunoon Book Festival.
I have delivered talks and writing workshops to bookshops, libraries and schools in Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire, Ayrshire and Orkney.