Author A.J. Hartley is the bestselling writer of mystery/thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult novels. To date, he has written over 30 books.
He was born in northern England, but has lived in many places including Japan, and is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg.
He is best known in the United States for his adult thrillers and is published by Lake Union Press. His latest novel with them, the Woman in our House, has recently reached the bestseller charts, selling 50, 000 copies in 3 months.
However, in the UK he is best known for his children’s books, published by the award-winning independent publisher UCLan Publishing, based in Preston, Lancashire. They are particularly appropriate to be publishing his work as he is Preston born, an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire where UCLan Publishing is based, and his first novel with them, Cold Bath Street is set virtually on campus.