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"From the very beginning I had this instinct that in writing novels I needed to interest myself for the three years it takes me to write a book. So I was immediately drawn to plots and to the structure of a story that has surprises and turns, in order, really, to entertain myself. Iím as interested in the architecture of a story as the sentence by sentence, line by line aspect of writing. Iíve become increasingly fascinated by plot and structure Ė how you tell the story."

-Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. Although called to the bar in 1996, he has never practiced.

The Killing Circle, Andrew's fourth and latest novel, is to be published in Canada (Doubleday) and the U.K. (HarperCollins) in August, 2008, and in the U.S. (St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne) in September 2008. Translation rights have already been sold in Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Portugal. It is being adapted to film by producers Cowboy Films (Oscar-winning The Last King of Scotland), with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) attached to direct.

Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, was published to acclaim in 1996. Following its publication, Mr. Pyper acted as Writer-in-Residence at Berton House, Dawson City, Yukon, as well as at Champlain College, Trent University.

His first novel, Lost Girls, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Globe and Mail Notable Book selection in 1999 as well as a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review (2000) and the London Evening Standard (2000). The novel won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and is an Otto Penzler pick on Amazon.com. Lost Girls has been published in the U.S. (Delacorte Press) and U.K. (Macmillan) in 2000, and has also been translated into Italian, Dutch, German and Japanese. Andrew is attached as screenwriter for a feature film adaptation of Lost Girls, working with producer Steven Hoban (Ginger Snaps, Oscar-winner Ryan, Splice).

Andrew's second novel, The Trade Mission was published in Canada, the U.K.U.S., the Netherlands and Germany. It was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year.

Andrew's third novel, The Wildfire Season, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and has been published to acclaim in the U.K., Canada, U.S. and Holland. The Wildfire Season is currently in development for feature film with L.A.-based producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie).

He lives in Toronto.

 

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