Cassandra Parkin is a British crime fiction writer of seven novels, including The Summer We All Ran Away (2013), The Slaughter Man (2019), and Soldier Boy (2020).
Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull and earned a MA in English Literature from York University. She says she has been writing fiction all her life — often as gifts for friends and family for Christmas and birthdays.
She debuted with the short story collection New World Fairy Tales in 2011. The book was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize and is one of New Writing North’s “Read Regional” picks for 2012.
Later she switched to crime fiction. Her first criminality novel was The Winter’s Child (2017).
"For The Winter’s Child, I started with the thing that scares me the most, thought that one of my children could be lost and I would never know what had happened to them," Parkin said.
Her most recent release, Soldier Boy, tells with brutal honesty the family story touches on topics such as PTSD, war trauma, gender identity, burnout, and more.
Cassandra is also a member of Hull’s Women of Words collective, a monthly spoken-word event that invites women from Hull and the surrounding area to create and share their work in a supportive environment.
Cassandra Parkin is married with two children and lives in a small village in East Yorkshire.
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