About Hallie Ephron

Writer, book reviewer, 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 (she’s #3 of 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. A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Hallie’s new suspense novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, comes out in March, 2015. Set in Beverly Hills in the 1960s and 1980s, it is inspired by Hallie’s experiences growing up there in a Hollywood family.

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: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style was nominated for Edgar and Anthony awards. Hallie is also is an award-winning crime fiction book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Books by Hallie Ephron

Suspense fiction:

  • 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: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style (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)


Video of Hallie Ephron talking about her writing

Hallie Ephron talks about growing up Ehron 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.

Photos from the road

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  • Jungle Reds celebrate Deborah Crombie’s book launch, October 2014
  • 6/28/2014 MWA University in Philadellphia
  • 3/17/2014 With Scott Turow and Debbie Macomber at the Phoenix Brandeis Books and Authors Luncheon
  • 2/9/2014 Bookmarks Book Clubs Moveable Feast in Winston-Salem, NC
  • 10/17/2013 MWA University in Dallas
  • 9/28/2013 Seascape Writers
  • 4/1/13 BOOK LAUNCH at Brookline Booksmith
  • 2/12 Hallie and Hank Phillippi Ryan at Mohegan Sun BIG BOOK CLUB GETAWAY with our favorite Michael Jordan quote

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