STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 13 Cotton Malone adventures and four stand-alone thrillers. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and indie bestseller lists.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, more than 3,000 students have attended those workshops and over a million dollars has been raised.
Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named him its spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. He has also been named both the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Year. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Advisory Board and is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 4,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
To learn more about Steve Berry, go to steveberry.org.
Biggest literary influencer:
Last book read:
The Pope Who Would Be King by David Kertzer
The book that changed your life:
The Twisted Claw, a Hardy Boy mystery. I read it when I was 10 years old. It had action, history, secrets, and conspiracies. Guess what I now write?
Your favorite literary character:
Cotton Malone, because he came straight out of my head.
Currently working on:
The 2020 Cotton Malone adventure that will take him to Poland for the first time.
Words to live by:
“Never give up.”
Advice to new and aspiring authors: