Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. He now lives in Marple, Cheshire, with his wife and four children.
Along with nominations for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year award and Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards (for his novels and short stories), Chris was selected by Waterstones as one of their ‘25 Authors For The Future’.
Chris says he is drawn to books that give insights into unusual minds. The twisted desires of Frederick in John Fowles’, The Collector; the tormented thoughts of Scobie in Graham Greene’s Heart of the Matter; the violent urges of Francie in Patrick McCabe’s Butcher Boy all had an influence in shaping Chris as a writer.
To date, he has examined a wide variety of issues in his books, including cosmetic surgery, factory farming and the so-called war on terror. More recently, he took time out from his DI Spicer series to write two contemporary, novel-length ghost stories. According to The Bookseller, he writes with ‘intelligence and subtlety’.
Alongside writing novels, Chris edits Case Files, an online magazine that profiles forthcoming work from members of the Crime Writers’ Association. Subscribing to Case Files is free – simply go to the Crime Readers’ Association web site and look for the panel on Case Files there.’
Chris’s latest novel is Death Games, the eighth in the DI Spicer series.
“Death Games demonstrates a further refinement of the author’s’ craft, with Spicer once again a durable and multifaceted protagonist.” — CrimeTime