Claire McGowan was born in Northern Ireland and moved to England to study at Oxford University. After living in France and China, she settled in London. She’s the author of the Paula Maguire crimes series, and several other novels under the name Eva Woods. She has also written plays, scripts, and short stories, and will have a radio drama broadcast on Radio 4 in early 2019. She was awarded the Nickelodeon International Writing Fellowship in 2018, and as part of that spend time living in Los Angeles.