Louise Ross is a former regulatory barrister, who decided life was too short to wear a suit every day and turned to crime writing instead. She has penned nineteen stories since 2015, seventeen of which have been U.K. #1 bestsellers, and has sold 5.5 million books in five years. Her novel, Impostor, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ Crime Novel of the Year in 2020. Her DCI Ryan mystery series is based in her beloved North East of England, which is where she was born, grew up, and now lives with her husband and young son. Through her own publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, Louise undertakes a number of philanthropic ventures, including founding and sponsoring the Northern Photography Prize to support creative arts in the region she loves.