Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton, but moved to Aberdeen when he was two. His parents run an offshore and remote site catering company and his brother is a head chef in Dublin, but MacBride bucked the family trend and studied architecture in Glasgow. A variety of jobs followed, including stints on an oil rig, a graphic designer, a short-lived attempt at acting, before becoming and web developer and IT manager.
MacBride’s first published novel, Cold Granite, is actually the fifth book he wrote, and it was snapped up by publishers HarperCollins. He has recently published a fifth title in the series, Blind Eye, which shot straight into the Scottish bestseller lists. The novels, named after and set in MacBride’s native Aberdeen, feature Detective Sergeant Logan McRae.
Stuart MacBride has also written for Barrington Stoke’s Most Wanted series with the chilling thriller Sawbones.
He was nominated for the 2009 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Broken Skin. MacBride has now turned his hand to science fiction – and a new city – with Halfhead.