Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday grew up in Scotland. She spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before studying microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years, but it was on a six-month round-the- world-trip that she took with her husband in 2006 that she rediscovered her passion for writing.
She is the author of three mystery/noir/psychological novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun: Black Wood (2015), Willow Walk (2016) and The Damselfly (2017); and the festive serial killer thriller, The Deaths of December (2017). She has since followed these with The Lingering (2018) – a ghostly psychological thriller set in the fens, and Violet (2019) – a Highsmithesque noir set on the Trans-Siberian Express.
Her short stories have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Deadlier (ed by Sophie Hannah) and the 2017 CWA Anthology: Mystery Tour (ed by Martin Edwards).
Along with three other female crime writers, Susi runs ‘Crime Fiction Coach’ – providing coaching and critique services to both aspiring and published authors.