Dan Smith’s Bio

Dan Final 3 (medium)Born in 1970, the first eighteen years of my life were spent crossing the world in one life and being subjected to the rigours of a traditional English boarding school in another.

I’ve  lived in many places including Sierra Leone, Sumatra, northern and central Brazil. I’ve even lived in Spain and in the Soviet Union, but now I’m settled in Newcastle with my wife and two young children to keep me on my toes. And, boy, do they keep me on my toes!

Past jobs have varied from dishwasher extraordinaire (or, perhaps, just ordinaire), social security fraud (detecting it, not committing it), to a fistful of mundane office jobs, but throughout all of those things, I’ve always kept writing. Like most other writers, I just can’t help it.

My first novel, DRY SEASON (2010), was shortlisted for the  Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2011, and was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The second novel, DARK HORIZONS (2011) was followed by THE CHILD THIEF (2012), RED WINTER (2013) and THE DARKEST HEART (2014).

I also write novels for younger readers. MY FRIEND THE ENEMY (2013) was long listed for the Branford Boase Award and received a special commendation at the North East Book Award. MY BROTHER’S SECRET was published in 2014, with BIG GAME following in 2015, and BOY X in 2016.

If you have anything you’d like to tell me, or if you have any questions about my books, please leave a comment on one of my blog posts or go to my website and use the contact form.

You can also get in touch with me on Twitter or by leaving a message on my blog.

I look forward to hearing from you.


2 thoughts on “Dan Smith’s Bio

  1. Dear Mister Smith, just an old man who has no techno skills but I am struggling to write this to tell you that I just finished THE CHILD THIEF in one sitting !!! Difficult for an old man, But this book and your story-telling skills deserved nothing less than an UN interrupted focus on my part. Thank you so much for sharing your artistry with me. I am retired and on pension so I am dependent on the library for my reading materials..I am sorry that cannot add to your fiscal bottom line but on Monday I will be demanding that my library system immediately obtain everything that is available by you !!! Now. I just hope that this gets to some place where you can read it.. believe me when I say no techno skills. I am 67 and I think you have moved me to write and send my first Email.
    If it goes through. Sure it will I have faith.. past all of my rambling You have written a wonderful and stirring book..Thank you again

    • Hi Mr Daly – Thank you for your message. It’s always great to hear when someone has enjoyed one of my books and . . . how wonderful that your first email was to let me know! I’m very glad that you enjoyed The Child Thief, and hope that you enjoy the other books as much. Oh, and your message is further confirmation to me that libraries are important places that must be maintained and not allowed to disappear.

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