Author Guest, A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and New York Times bestselling author of 20 novels, including two new young adult series, Steeplejack, which won International Thriller Writer's YA book of the year and was followed by Firebrand in 2017, and Cathedrals of Glass, part of a special partnership with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, with whom he is working on another sci-fi series the first of which is Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows, which was accompanied by an EP by Angels and Airwaves.

He has just released his first YA ghost story, Cold Bath Street and will release (as Andrew Hart) a new adult thriller, Lies That Bind Us in June. His previous books include archeological mystery/thrillers, such as The Mask of Atreus, and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of hisDarwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012.

Hartley also co-wriote with David Hewson two adaptations of Shakespeare plays as epic thrillers: Machbeth, A Novel (audio edition voiced by Alan Cumming) and Hamlet Prince of Denmark, A Novel (the audiobook, performed by Richard Armitage, was named Audible’s book of the year for 2014). He is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, specializing in performance theory and practice, and is the author of various scholarly books and articles from the world’s best academic publishers including Palgrave and Cambridge University Press. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, UK.