After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early to concentrate on doing dead end jobs badly and rudely. Attending night school, she was accepted to study law at Glasgow University and went onto study for a PhD at Strathclyde. Misusing her grant (you could do that in those days) she wrote her first novel Garnethill the first in a trilogy of books featuring Maureen O’Donnell.
Sanctum, followed. Then came three Paddy Meehan novels about the newspaper industry in Glasgow in the 1980’s. The Alex Morrow series began with Still Midnight and she is onto her fifth – Blood Salt Water set in Helensburgh in the three weeks before the Referendum vote.
As well as twelve novels, three plays, five graphic novels and regularly contributing to television and radio, she made a short film about her family – Multum in Parvo.
Her novels have won six major awards and she was inaugurated into the CWA Hall of Fame in 2014. BBC Scotland/Slate adaptated the first two Paddy Meehan novels for TV. She wrote Vertigo’s Hellblazer for a year, a stand alone A Sickness In The Family, again for Vertigo, and adapted Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy for DC Comics.