Jo-Ann Goodwin grew up in Sheffield and studied English at Hull University. She followed this with an M.Phil on Dickens at York University. She works as a full-time journalist and is particularly known for her investigations into organized crime and miscarriages of justice. Jo-Ann is married and lives in north London. Her fist novel, Danny Boy, was widely acclaimed. Sweet Gum was shortlisted for the 2006 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.