Scotsman Peter May is the author of 20 novels including the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy, the award-winning China Thrillers series, and the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files.
He is the recipient of several literature prizes for his work in both the USA and Europe.
Peter May was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six.
His first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC and he quit journalism to become a television screenwriter.
During the high-octane 15 years that followed, he became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time TV drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama, before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.
In order to research for his books he has:
- been behind the closed doors of the Chinese Police force, studying the work of Chinese homicide detectives and forensic pathologists in Beijing and Shanghai
- been given honorary membership of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association
- worked in the kitchen of a 3-star Michelin chef
- explored the underground world of the Paris catacombs
- opened an office and worked as a private detective in the online world of Second Life
- taken a course in wine-tasting and been inducted as a Chevalier of the Grand Order of Gaillac wines
He has won several literature awards in France and received the USA’s Barry Award for Best Crime novel for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.
Peter May was born and raised in Scotland and now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.