Graeme Shimmin was born in Manchester and studied physics at Durham University. His successful consultancy career enabled him to retire at 35 to an island off Donegal and start writing. Later, he returned to Manchester to do an MA in Creative Writing. He joined Manchester Speculative Fiction shortly after completing his MA, and has been attending regularly ever since.
The group critiqued Graeme’s first alternative history novel, A Kill in the Morning, chapter by chapter in 2012-2013. Thanks to that critique, A Kill in the Morning was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Prize in 2013. This led to major publisher Transworld (part of Penguin Random House) purchasing the novel.
Transworld published A Kill in the Morning in June 2014, to favourable reviews. It also won several prizes, including the YouWriteOn Book of the Year. Book Plank chose it as one of five Debut Novels of the Year, and the judges considered it for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Since then, Graeme has published more fiction, worked as an editor, and had multiple screenplays and treatments in the espionage thriller genre commissioned by clients in the video-game industry, television, and Hollywood.
Graeme also edited Manchester Speculative Fiction’s first two anthologies: Revolutions: Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester and Revolutions 2: More Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester.
Graeme’s personal website is here: Graeme Shimmin