Our Authors

Meet the members of the Psychological Suspense Authors’ Association. You can buy copies of our books from Bookshop.org or the Amazon links below.

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Vikki Patis

Vikki is the bestselling author of psychological suspense novels published by Bookouture and Bloodhound Books. Her next thriller will be published in 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton.

She is represented by Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency and also writes historical fiction as Victoria Hawthorne, published by Quercus. She lives in Hertfordshire with her wife, two wild golden retrievers, and an even wilder cat.

Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke is an Amazon bestselling writer of psychological thrillers published by Bookouture. Her debut thriller, What She Saw, won the Flash500 Novel Competition. She started her career writing short fiction and serials for national women’s magazines and with over three hundred stories published, is a frequent judge of short story competitions. 

Wendy lives with her husband and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

Ruth Heald

Ruth Heald is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers, The Mother’s Mistake, The Woman Upstairs, I Know Your Secret and The Wedding. Her books are published by Bookouture, part of Hachette UK.

Ruth grew up in a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. Seeking a more creative environment, she joined the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

Amanda Brittany

Amanda is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers published by HQ/HarperCollins.

She is represented by Kate Nash at Kate Nash Literary Agency and co-writes psychological thrillers with Karen Clarke. She lives in Hertfordshire and is owned by two cute dogs.

Louise Mumford

Louise’s debut thriller, Sleepless, a “frighteningly inventive” speculative thriller inspired by her own experience of insomnia, was published by HQ Digital in December 2020. It has reached the UK Amazon Kindle Store Overall Top 50 and has recently been optioned for television. Sleepless was also the Asda Karin Slaughter Killer Read for July 2021.

Louise lives with her husband in South Wales and is represented by Kate Shaw at The Shaw Agency.

Philippa East

Philippa East is a writer of psychological suspense books with HQ/HarperCollins. Her debut novel, Little White Lies, was longlisted for The Guardian’s Not-The-Booker Prize and shortlisted for the CWA “New Blood” Award 2020. Philippa’s second book, Safe and Sound, was released in February 2021. 

Philippa originally grew up in Scotland before moving to Oxford and then London to complete her clinical psychology training. She now lives in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside with her husband and cat. Alongside her writing, Philippa continues to work as a psychologist and therapist.

Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper is a writer of psychological thrillers. Her first novel, The Downstairs Neighbour, is published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Putnam in the US. It tells the story of three families sharing a converted Georgian townhouse in south west London, whose lives drastically unravel after the disappearance of the 17-year-old girl from the top floor flat.

Helen has also co-authored two books on academic writing for university students.

She loves reading, running, and Italian food, and lives in Leicester with her partner and his daughter.

Rachel Sargeant

Rachel is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers and crime fiction published by HarperCollins. She is represented by Marilia Savvides at 41.

She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and children, and is currently studying for a research degree in Creative Freedom at the University of Birmingham.

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