Writer, writing teacher…
New York Times best selling author Hallie Ephron grew up in a family of writers and a household filled with books. Her parents were Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote screenplays for classic movies like Carousel and Daddy Long Legs. Hallie was the last of their four daughters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, Amy) to start writing or, as she calls it, succumb to her genes. Now Hallie writes suspense novels she hopes keep readers up nights.
An Edgar Award finalist and a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Hallie grew up in Beverly Hills where her new suspense novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, is set. The story is inspired by Hallie’s experiences growing up there in a Hollywood family, and by an infamous Hollywood murder.
A starred review in Publisher’s Weekly calls Night Night a “captivating thriller.” InStyle magazine (“enthralling”) and Good Housekeeping (as “addictive” as Gone Girl) pick it as a top page turner for April. Bookreporter: “An extremely impressive work. The plotting and character development read as if they could have been transplanted from an unpublished Raymond Chandler novel.”
Kirkus Reviews says:
That autobiographical basis gives this novel emotional authenticity and scenic clarity. Furthermore, as Ephron explains in an afterword, the house where Lana Turner’s daughter murdered her mother’s boyfriend in 1958 was just blocks from the Ephron home, and the girl was just a few years older than she. A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details.
Hallie’s PHOTOPLAY: A Short Tale of Suspense tells what happened before Night Night: Draw back the curtain on the night of a glamorous party in the 1960s and the tragedy that left the lives of movie star Bunny Nichol and her daughter Joelen lives in shambles. Photographer Duane Foley was there. He knows what he saw; we remember what his camera saw.
Her first suspense standalone was Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009). In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” USA Today: “You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.” It was adapted for film as “And Baby Will Fall” for the Lifetime Movie Network.
She followed up with Come and Find Me, the story of a reclusive former hacker who thinks she’s found safety on the Internet. When her sister disappears she has to brave the real world. Mystery Scene called it “Psychologically astute and emotionally gripping. ”
Set in the Bronx with a view of the Empire State Building, her next novel There Was an Old Woman tells a story of trust and betrayal, deception and madness. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. It garnered rave reviews. Washington Post book reviewer Maureen Corrigan: “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, There Was an Old Woman is the perfect thriller lite.” New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp.”
Hallie teaches writing at workshops and conferences across the country. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books)was nominated for Edgar and Anthony awards. An award-winning crime fiction book reviewer, Hallie wrote an ON CRIME column for the Boston Globe for ten years.
Books by Hallie Ephron
- Night Night, Sleep Tight (Wm. Morrow, forthcoming in March, 2015)
- “Photoplay: A Story of Suspense (Witness Impulse, February 10, 2015)
- There Was an Old Woman (Wm. Morrow, April, 2013)
- Come and Find Me (Wm. Morrow, March, 2011)
- Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009)
Hallie’s Edgar-nominated how-to-write book:
- Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books, 2005)
Dr. Peter Zak mystery series by G. H. Ephron, co-authored with Donald Davidoff:
- Amnesia (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2000)
- Addiction (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001)
- Delusion (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002)
- Obsessed (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003)
- Guilt (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005)
Hallie talks about growing up Ephron in “O” the Oprah Magazine
Hallie writes about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers in the March, 2013 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine.
Video of Hallie Ephron talking about her writing