Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. She lives in Chicago.
The longer version: I’m the author of the Anthony Award-winning mystery The Black Hour and the Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning mystery Little Pretty Things, both from Seventh Street Books. My lastest novel, The Day I Died (Harper Collins William Morrow, 2017) was an Indie Next Pick, a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, and a nominee for the 2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award and a Barry Award.
My fiction has been previously published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, TimeOut Chicago, Crab Orchard Review, Freight Stories, and in the anthology Dia de los Muertos (Elektrik Milkbath Press), and others. Bestselling author Jodi Picoult chose my story as the grand prize winner of Good Housekeeping’s first fiction contest.
Originally from central Indiana, I grew up frequenting the local libraries, reading all the Judy Blume and Lois Duncan I could get my hands on. Then I discovered Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. I may have wandered off the mystery writer path a few times, but I think we all knew I would get back there eventually.
I studied journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, but eventually gave in to my dream and studied creative writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Now a resident of Chicago more than fifteen years, I have a favorite deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s) and I’m active in the area’s crime writing community. I’m the immediate past president of the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, a board member of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland, and a member of the International Thriller Writers. Chicago is a really great town in which to be a mystery writer.
I’m represented by Sharon Bowers of Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management.