A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of 19 novels in various genres for adults and younger readers. STEEPLEJACK was released by Tor Teen in June 2016, and won several awards including the Manly Wade Wellman Award and the International Thriller Writer’s YA Award, and was named to Kirkus’s Best Teen Reads list and the ALA’s best YA books list. It was followed by FIREBRAND in 2017 which, like its predecessor, was nominated for a Dragon award, and by GUARDIAN in 2018. His other YA series, CATHEDRALS OF GLASS, is part of a special partnership with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, with whom he is also writing the adult scifi series Sekret Machines. 2018 will see the publication of the 2nd book in that series, the 2nd Cathedrals of Glass book, the 3rd Steeplejack book, a YA stand alone novel grounded in the ghost stories of his childhood called Cold Bath Street, and an adult thriller called Lies That Bind Us (published under the pseudonym Andrew Hart).
His early books include the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. With David Hewson he has co-written two adaptations of Shakespeare plays as epic thrillers: Macbeth, a Novel (audio edition voiced by Alan Cumming) and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Novel (the audio book, performed by Richard Armitage, was named Audible’s book of the year for 2014).
He is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, specializing in performance theory and practice, and is the author of various scholarly books including The Shakespearean Dramaturg, Shakespeare and Political Theatre, a performance history of Julius Caesar, and essay collections on Shakespeare on the University stage and Shakespeare in Millennial fiction. Dr. Hartley is currently working with Peter Holland on a book on Shakespeare and geek culture. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, UK.