Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the national vice-president of Sisters in Crime.
The longer version: I’m the author of the Edgar Award-nominated novel Under a Dark Sky, the Anthony Award-winning mysteries The Black Hour and The Day I Died, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning mystery Little Pretty Things. My work has also been nominated for the Thriller, Macavity, and Barry awards.
My short fiction has been previously published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, TimeOut Chicago, Crab Orchard Review, Freight Stories, and in the anthologies Dia de los Muertos (Elektrik Milkbath Press), Unloaded 2 (Down and Out Books), and Murder-a-Go-Go’s (Down and Out Books). Bestselling author Jodi Picoult chose my story as the grand prize winner of Good Housekeeping’s first fiction contest in 2010.
Originally from central Indiana, I grew up frequenting the local libraries, reading all the Beverly Cleary, 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 also the current national vice-president of Sisters in Crime, becoming national president in (gulp) October 2019. I’m a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. I am co-chair with publicist Dana Kaye of Murder and Mayhem in Chicago, a one-day mystery readers’ conference.
I have taught at Yale University Writers’ Conference, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Midwest Writers Workshop, Ball State University, Roosevelt University, and StoryStudio Chicago, as well as workshops for writing associations and at libraries. Use my contact page to inquire about speaking and teaching opportunities.
I’m represented by Sharon Bowers of Folio Literary Management.