||Peter May, Scottish Young Journalist of the Year
at the age of 21, had his first novel published at the age of 26. He
then turned to writing for television and accrued more than 1000 TV
credits in fifteen years, creating and writing major drama serials for
both BBC and ITV in the UK: including Squadron, The Standard. He also co-created and produced the ground-breaking Gaelic serial Machair for Scottish Television, which was shortlisted for Best Drama Serial Award at the 17th International Celtic Film and Television Festival in 1996.
Returning to novels, his award-winning China Thrillers series of books, The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice, The Killing Room, Snakehead, The Runner and Chinese Whispers are published all over the world. Whilst researching the series, Peter May gained unprecedented access to the Chinese Police and is the only Westerner to be made an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers' Association.
In November 2005, The Firemaker was published as Meurtres à Pékin in Peter's adopted home of France and in 2006, was shortlisted for Elle Magazine's Grand Prix de Litterature.
In 2007 the French edition of Snakehead, won the French Prix Intramuros at the Cognac Literary Festival and this year, the French Edition of Chinese Whispers has been short-listed for the Cognac Festival's Prix International which will be announced in October.
Peter’s latest book is The Critic, the second in a new series of books - the Enzo Files - which takes place in France. The first in the series, Extraordinary People received exceptional reviews both in the USA and UK.
||Janice Hally began her writing career
in theatre after winning the ISPC international playwriting award at
the age of 21. She soon transferred her writing to television
and at the age of 23 was nominated in the PYE Awards as Best
New Writer to Television.
Over the following fifteen years she wrote single plays, serial drama, and soap opera and accrued more than 650 TV credits for writing, creating, storylining and script editing. She received a nomination in the 1996 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for her work on Machair, the 99 episode television drama which she co-created with Peter May.
She is now devoting her time to writing books. Her romantic comedy, Looking for the Zee (Miramont Media) was recently published in the USA.
Her non-fiction Modelling and Acting for Kids was published in the UK in Spring 2004.
Janice is currently working for a French film producer on an adaptation of Peter's The Firemaker for the big screen.
Their writing partnership continued into the 90's when they created the critically acclaimed Gaelic drama serial Machair, which won nominations for writing and production awards in both British and International arenas.
Individually in demand as guest speakers at writers' groups, they have lectured and tutored on creative writing and drama production at Glasgow University, The Arvon Foundation, Movie Makars, The Writers' Guild of Great Britain and The Edinburgh Film Workshop.
Together, they have run writing courses and workshops for
Scottish Television and The European Film School in Denmark.
Many of the people they have tutored have gone on
to have work produced professionally.
"Janice and Peter, I came here with nothing and I feel you have given me some of your magic. I am going home with treasures I hope you will both be proud to read one day. Thank you."
Eleanor S, UK
Read what the reviewers have said about...
Peter May's"A sharp edged tale woven with the intricacy of a spider's web. Intelligent, involved, and ingenious"
Steve Berry (Author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)
"Read an astoundingly good book the other day. Just outstanding...
A dynamite novel and a fine beginning to what promises to be an outstanding crime fiction series."
Carl Brookins (Author of A SUPERIOR MYSTERY and INNER PASSAGES)
“Intelligent, ever-moving and beautifully written, it is the best book I have read this year. I highly recommend it!!”
Barbara Douglas, Murder By The Book.
"...an excellent novel that will keep you in suspense all the way ... Hopefully Peter May will follow-up this book with future adventures of Enzo MacLeod."
Patricia Reid, BooksNBytes.com
"Peter May's "Extraordinary People" is an extraordinary novel ... Action escalates at every turn and becomes breathtaking at the denouement."
Mary Ann Smyth, Bookloons
"brisk and thrilling ... the layers of complexity bode well for future installments."
The Baltimore Sun
"the intriguing first book in a series of thrillers set in modern France by talented author Peter May ... The presumed premise for this series, celebrated unsolved murders, is a captivating one"
Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
"This taughtly written thriller moves from the catacombs under Paris through the countryside surrounding this great city. I found it hard to put down."
Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon CA
"Twists, turns and a whirl wind tour of France ... smart and engaging ... Peter May does a wonderful job ... This is an intelligent story that every mystery fan should read."
Sondra Fowler for ReaderViews.com
"The climax is a fabulous finale that will leave readers clamoring for more inquiries by the Professor and his team."
Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review
"a suspenseful engrossing read, and well worth the time to join the chase"
Woodstock, writing for CrimeSpree Magazine
"a fun and fascinating book"
The San Jose Mercury News
"action-packed second half and rather thrilling denouement in the catacombs of Paris"
"this travelogue–cum–murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle"
"a throughly engaging puzzle mystery"
"May provides abundant local color and writes with measured authority. The results are as engaging as they are cerebral."
Peter May's China Thrillers:
"The plot twists and turns like the tail of a Chinese dragon. A cracking good read... Highly recommended"
Shots Magazine (SNAKEHEAD)
'An absolutely mind-blowing thriller ...fast and gripping... fascinating and compelling ... Brilliant.'
Ottakar's (naming SNAKEHEAD Crime book of the Month for April 2002)
"May is described as 'Cruz Smith meets Cornwell' and it won't take many pages of his latest - The Killing Room - to find out why ... Raw, like sushi, and recommended."
The Publishing News
"chilling and ingenious"
Scotland on Sunday
(THE KILLING ROOM)
"spell-binding and frighteningly realistic"
Aberdeen Evening Express
"pulse-pounding prose... a masterwork of sheer momentum"
The Herald (THE FOURTH SACRIFICE)
"impressive and ingenious"
Amazon.co.uk (THE FOURTH SACRIFICE)
"The Firemaker is stunningly original, highly topical and extremely well-written... (May's) dialogue is witty and apposite, sometimes extremely funny."
Scotland on Sunday
Peter May and Janice Hally's 99-episode TV Drama serial, MACHAIR:
"A credit to the company (Scottish Television) and a smack in the face to those of us who were doubtful"
TV Critic, Scotland on Sunday
"Its writers are the seasoned Peter May and Janice Hally. In these hands, Machair opened with one of life's fundamental rites of passage - a funeral - and moved briskly into conflict. By the end of episode one, love, greed, power and lust - the four horsemen of soap opera - were also edging their way into the script"
TV Editor, The Herald
"After two episodes I want to see more. Machair has already hooked me into its characters and stories"
"Already the characters are in place, the battle lines drawn and the enigmas hinted at, the story is being built up, as ever, layer upon layer"
TV Critic, The Scotsman
"I wrote warmly of Machair when it first started. Now I must revise my opinion. It is even better than it looked at first glance.... quite simply the best thing to have happened to television in Scotland for a long time."
Kenneth Roy, TV Critic, Scotland on Sunday
Janice Hally's Scripts for Television and Theatre:
" there are some writers who can hit it off perfectly, Janice Hally has done it before and last night she did it again."
Helen Graham, The Herald.
" she has all the wit, flair and tenacity required. I like the way she turns a phrase and twists a knife."
Tom Kinninmont, The Sunday Standard.
"...surely one of the best sustained drama offerings which have come out of Cowcaddens. And if this is the sort of standard that's available, let's see lots more of it."
Colin McGill, Evening Times
Janice Hally's book, "LOOKING FOR
"A great story, superb dialogue that had me laughing out loud!"
"...hilarious and heartbreaking!"
"Janice Hally's script-writing background proved impeccable credentials for this relationship comedy which fairly keeps truckin' along on whether Julia and Drew will go the distance. She shows a gift for slicing through the daffy bravado of emotionally bottled up men and makes a highly entertaining meal out of one woman's search for new happiness."
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