Glaswegian Denise Mina is a very clued-up crime writer – she has taught criminology and studied law. In fact, it was during her PhD at Strathclyde University that she penned her first novel: Garnethill (1998), which won the Crime Writers' Association Creasey Dagger for best first crime novel. Garnethill’s two sequels Exile (2000) and Resolution (2001) followed, and she has since published numerous more books and written a number of the John Constantine Hellblazer comics. Mina is also a playwright; Ida Tamson went to stage in 2006, and A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle, based on the Scots Hugh MacDiarmid poem, in 2007. Mina is currently working on several more projects from her base in Glasgow.
For more information on Mina, see her website, read her being interviewed for the Scotsman and the Independent, or listen to an audio interview with her.