Kimberly McCreight: Biography

Kimberly McCreight

Kimberly McCreight is the author of the mystery novel, Reconstructing Amelia, a New York Times bestseller that was nominated for the Edgar Award (for Best First Novel), the Anthony award and the Alex Award. Sold in seventeen countries, Reconstructing Amelia was also a finalist for Goodreads’ Best Mystery of the Year and one of CNN’s Reader Favorites in 2013. McCreight’s second novel, Where They Found Her, a USA Today bestseller, was published in April 2015 and will hit shelves in paperback form in April 2016. Her trilogy, The Outliers, is due to be published by Harper Teen in 2016, and has already been optioned for film by Lionsgate and Pacific Standard.

Although clearly a gifted writer, Kimberly McCreight craved security as a child and young adult, and vowed to avoid the uncertainty of the profession. She says, “I actually avoided anything having to do with writing lest I entertain the possibility.” However, after attending Vassar College, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and working eighty hours a week as a lawyer, she realized that she could no longer avoid her calling. While still working as a lawyer, for two years Kimberly regularly woke up as early as 4 a.m. to write short stories and work through online writing classes. Soon, thanks to a leave of absence from work when she went with her then fiancée during his transfer to London, she acquired an agent in 2001, and she was on her way to answering her call as a writer.

Currently, Kimberly McCreight lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. She has authored several short stories and freelances for several publications, including the New York Times, New York Magazine Online, Babble, Park Slope Patch, and Sunday Times Style Magazine (London).