Melanie McGrath is the award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction and a cofounder of Killer Women. She won the John Llewellyn-Rhys-Mail on Sunday award for her first book, Motel Nirvana. 

As MJ McGrath she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries, White Heat, The Boy in the Snow and The Boneseeker, twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and picked as Times and Financial Times thrillers of the year. As Melanie McGrath she wrote the critically acclaimed and bestselling family memoir Silvertown. As Mel McGrath she is the author of the psychological thriller Give Me The Child. 

She has been a documentary TV producer for Channel Four and presenter of Trailblazers for The Discovery Channel. She has written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday and The Wall Street Journal and has taught creative writing at Arvon and at UEA, Roehampton, City Universities in the UK and the University of North Carolina in the US.  She is a regular visitor to prisons and has run a reading and writing group for women over 45 in HMP Holloway. 

The New York Times called her ‘wickedly talented.’ Melanie is an experienced journalist, broadcaster, teacher, event organizer and speaker, with particular interests in London, literature, crime, feminism and psychology.