About Laura McHugh

Laura McHugh is the internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and a Silver Falchion Award for best first novel, and Arrowoodan International Thriller Writers Award finalist for best novel. Her work has also been nominated for a Barry Award, Alex Award, Goodreads Choice Award, and Pushcart Prize. McHugh's latest novel, The Wolf Wants In, will be published in August 2019. The author lives in Missouri with her husband and daughters.


I'm a Midwesterner writing atmospheric, character-driven mystery/suspense novels--dark stories of crime and family bonds set in small towns in rural America. Some of my favorite writers when I was growing up were Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Lois Duncan.

I have degrees in English, computer science, and library science, and worked as a software developer for ten years before losing my job and deciding to write my first novel. Now, I write full-time and do some speaking, teaching, and consulting on the side. I enjoy visiting libraries and book clubs in person or via Skype, and I love to help authors write agent query letters and polish their manuscripts for submission. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.


For rights inquiries, contact Sally Wofford-Girand of Union Literary Agency: swg@unionliterary.com

For publicity inquiries, contact Allyson Lord at Penguin Random House: alord@penguinrandomhouse.com

Book covers & author photos for download

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