Walter Sorrells is the author of around twenty-five novels.
His most recent thriller for adults, Blind Fear,
appeared this year under his pseudonym Lynn Abercrombie.
another mystery, Feet of Clay,
appeared under his pseudonym Ruth Birmingham.
Feet of Clay is the sixth novel featuring Atlanta
private investigator Sunny Childs.
writes novels for young adults. His latest
novel for young adults is First Shot, which was
just given a starred review in Booklist.
His mystery Fake ID was named one the 10 Best
Mysteries of 2005 by Booklist. Fake ID features a girl who has to
unlock secrets from her past in order to find her
missing mother. The follow-up, Club Dread,
was released earlier this year.
Under the pen name
Ruth Birmingham, Sorrells writes a mystery series
featuring Atlanta-based female private detective Sunny
Childs. The second Sunny Childs mystery,
Fulton County Blues, won the Edgar Award for best
original paperback and was also nominated for the Shamus
Award. The first book in the series, Atlanta Graves was
also an Edgar nominee. The latest titles in the series
are Sweet Georgia, Blue Plate Special, Cold Trail and the recently
released Feet of Clay.
Sorrells is a past president of the Atlanta chapter of
the crime-writers' organization, Sisters In Crime, and a
former member of the board of directors of the Mystery
Writers of America.
Sorrells's work in both journalism and fiction has been
published in a variety of national publications. He has
written scripts for a number National Public Radio
programs, including the award-winning docu-drama "The
Three Governors." He is a 1985 graduate of Haverford
College, where he majored in History.
A devoted martial artist, Sorrells holds a 3rd degree
black belt in Japanese Shito-ryu karate, and has also
studied Brazilian jiujitsu, aikido, Tai Chi, various Okinawan kobudo
(weapons) systems, and the Japanese sword arts of Iaido
and Shinkendo. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Patti
and son Jake.
Sorrells is also a part-time swordsmith who specializes
in hand forging swords and knives with a Japanese