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About Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people. He is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay. 

Mark grew up on the south coast of England and started writing in his twenties, teaming up with Louise Voss to co-write Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, which topped the UK bestseller chart in 2011.

His solo thrillers, The Magpies and Because She Loves Me were also No.1 bestsellers in the UK. Like these previous novels his fourth solo book, Follow You Home, was inspired by a real-life experience, in this case a ‘trip from hell’ around Europe.

He lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children and a ginger cat.

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Coming September: The Devil’s Work

Coming September: The Devil’s Work

Mark Edwards’s fifth solo psychological thriller will be published by Thomas & Mercer in September 2016. Entitled The Devil’s Work, this book takes Mark’s familiar theme – of terrifying things happening to ordinary people – and places it in an office environment. Mark is putting the finishing touches to the novel now. In The Devil’s Work, Sophie Greenwood, a thirty-four year old stay-at-home mum, returns to work after a four year break, landing her dream job at a children’s publishing company. But soon Sophie wonders if one of her colleagues is out to get her. After her best friend in the office is brutally attacked, Sophie becomes increasingly convinced that there are sinister goings-on behind the scenes of the company – and that she and her family are in terrible danger. The Devil’s Work will be available as a Kindle ebook, in paperback and audiobook. It will be available on Amazon sites worldwide this September. To keep up to date with release dates, you might want to join Mark’s... read more
Mark Edwards Total Book Sales Reach One Million

Mark Edwards Total Book Sales Reach One Million

Mark Edwards is this week celebrating reaching the milestone of selling one million books. In a blog post on this site, Mark writes, “When my wife bought me a Kindle for my 40th birthday  I had no idea that it would lead to the rebirth of my abandoned writing career. I certainly had no inkling that I would be sitting here, almost exactly five years later, having sold one million books.” The one million total includes approximately 250,000 books co-written with Louise Voss, and is made up of a mix of traditionally-published books and self-published titles. The biggest individual seller is The Magpies, which has shifted 350,000 copies alone. Follow You Home, published in June 2015, is currently in second place having already sold 175,000 copies. Mark spent most of his twenties and early thirties trying to ‘make it’ as an author, acquiring an agent but unable to get a deal. In 2011, he and Louise self-published Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, topping the UK Kindle chart. This led to a deal with HarperCollins and a number of deals around the world, including Germany, South Korea and Brazil. In 2013, following a difficult period, Mark self-published The Magpies. It was a No.1 bestseller in the UK and led to a deal with Thomas & Mercer. Since then, Because She Loves Me was also a No.1 UK bestseller and Follow You Home recently reached the top three on Amazon in the United States. The success of these books has, according to Mark, “allowed me to become a full-time author, supporting my family and doing what I’ve always wanted to do:... read more

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5 Years Ago My Wife Bought Me a Kindle…And Now I’ve Sold 1 Million Books

When my wife, Sara, bought me a Kindle for my 40th birthday back in 2010, I had no idea that it would lead to the rebirth of my abandoned writing career. I certainly had no inkling that I would be sitting here, almost exactly five years later, having sold one million books. But that’s what has happened. Last week, on Thursday 3rd September 2015, somebody somewhere bought the millionth copy of one of my novels – including around 250,000 copies of books co-written with Louise Voss. It’s been a long, bumpy road – a road full of potholes, with bandits lurking around every corner. There have been several points when I thought my dream of being a full-time writer was over. The years in the wilderness, the early days of self-publishing when every sale took a Herculean effort, the crushing disappointment that followed the euphoria of the deal with HarperCollins. But if it had been easy, it wouldn’t feel half as sweet now. You can read about all the twists and turns in my journey here, but the turning point came when I self-published The Magpies in 2013. It went on to become my biggest-selling book (350,000 copies so far) and led to a deal with Thomas & Mercer, part of Amazon Publishing. Most importantly, it allowed me to become a full-time author, supporting my family and doing what I’ve always wanted to do: earning a living by spending my time making up stories. Another highlight was when my latest solo novel, Follow You Home, reached the top three on Amazon.com, the first time I’ve had a bestseller in the US.... read more

How My Trip From Hell Inspired Follow You Home

Like my previous novels, The Magpies and Because She Loves Me, Follow You Home was inspired by something that happened to me when I was younger, an experience that I took and turned into something much scarier in order to entertain my readers. When I was nineteen, my then-girlfriend and I scraped together our pennies so we could go Inter-Railing around Europe. We spent months planning our itinerary, intending to head on a whistle-stop tour of the continent that would last the entire summer. The budget was tight but we were going to have the time of our lives. After spending a day in Brussels, we headed to Paris. From there, we took a night train south to Avignon. We went into a private compartment and shut the door. Exhausted after a day trudging around Paris and a sleepless night on a noisy campsite, we fell asleep. When we woke up, the pouches we wore around our necks, which contained our Inter-Rail tickets, passports and money, had been stolen. We ran up and down the train but, of course, the thieves were long gone. The reality of the situation sunk in as we arrived in Avignon at dawn. Inter-Rail tickets are not replaceable. Our ‘grand tour’ was over before it had begun. After struggling to overcome the language barrier, we reported the incident to some gendarmes and headed back to Avignon station. Fortunately, we had travellers’ cheques from Thomas Cook, who told us what we needed to do: we had to get to Marseille, where the British Consulate would give us a document that would allow us to travel home.... read more

My Top Ten Mystery and Thriller Novels

I read a lot of novels, about two a week, and although I dip into other genres my favourite genre is the one I write in. I’ve read so many great thrillers and suspense novels over the last twenty years that choosing ten that I rank above the others was no easy task. I’m sure a few of my favourites have temporarily slipped my mind. But here are ten that made a big impact on me and that I heartily recommend to everyone who loves books that take us to the darker side of the street. 1. THE SECRET HISTORY, Donna Tartt – “I hope we’re all ready to leave the phenomenal world, and enter into the sublime?”  The Secret History is a literary thriller that tells the story of a group of Greek students at a New England college who set themselves apart from their fellows and are arrogant, snobbish and beautiful. Led by the strangely charismatic Henry, and enthralled by their elitist tutor Julian, the group commit a terrible crime and go on to plot the murder of one of their own, Bunny, because he threatens to expose them. The first half of the book leads towards this momentous event; the second half reveals the consequences – the guilt, the anguish and the fear of being caught. This perhaps makes it sound serious and gloomy, but it really isn’t. The book is fast-moving, drenched in atmosphere and contains some moments of pure comedy. The Secret History is not merely my favourite mystery novel – I put it above my favourite album, movie, song, above everything. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m... read more