C J Skuse
C.J. Skuse is a bestselling author of young adult and adult crime novels. Her debut Pretty Bad Things was published by The Chicken House in 2010 and her other Young Adult novels, including Rockoholic, Dead Romantic, Monster and The Deviants, have won a host of awards, including the Dumfries and Burgh Book Award in the UK and the prestigious Prix Littéraire des Etudiants de l’Université de Jean Monnet in France. She has also been longlisted for the Branford Boase and shortlisted for Lancashire Book of the Year, Coventry Inspiration and BookTrust Best Book awards.
A fascination for the psychology of the killer’s mind inspired her first adult crime novel Sweetpea which spawned sequels In Bloom (2018) and Dead Head (2021) and sold her first TV/film rights to See Saw Films. CJ has First Class degrees in creative writing and writing for young people and, since 2011, she has worked as a senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University, assisting with the education of students on undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes.
Her books have sold in a host of foreign territories and her serial killer series Sweetpea – pitched as ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Dexter’ – is currently in production as a TV series with Sky Atlantic.
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