Val is a number-one bestseller whose novels have sold over 15 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. She has won many international awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller of the year. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award. She's also super-cool and once fed Patrick cigarettes when he was suffering stage fright at a literary festival.