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Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne spent the last twenty years working in television, latterly working for Ricochet, the largest independent TV production company in Brighton.  As a writer, director and producer he made various programmes, and won equally varied awards from the BAFTA for Banzai to the GOOD HOMES Best Makeover Show award for How Not To Decorate – of which he’s particularly proud.

However, as a voracious reader and lifelong fan of thrillers, he realised, as his fortieth birthday loomed, that, although working in telly was quite fun and paid the bills, he’d never made someone up, lovingly described them then killed them in an inventive way.

So he quit his job, rented out his flat in Brighton and moved with his family to France for seven months with the somewhat optimistic intention of writing a whole novel before they all had to return in time for his daughter to start school back in Brighton. As it turned out he only managed to write a third of one. They moved back, his daughter went to Royal Spa Nursery in Kemp Town and he went back working as a freelancer at the TV production company where he’d once had a nice safe staff job.

It took another year and a half of writing in the evenings and in between bouts of freelance TV work to finish it. SANCTUS is the result. It has been published in over 50 countries and translated into 27 languages. It came out in the UK on 14th April 2011 and went straight to number 6 in the hardback bestseller chart. It also reached number 2 in both the kindle and iBook download charts. The paperback came out in November and went to number 3. SANCTUS was the biggest Debut thriller of 2011. THE KEY is the second part of the trilogy and was released on April 12th 2012.

Simon lives in East Sussex with his wife, three children and a red setter whose sole aim in life seems to be destroying every pair of shoes in the house.