Daniel Edward Craig, author of the Five-Star Mystery series, draws on his years working in luxury hotels to delight readers with his hilarious behind-the-scenes novels set in the hotel business, where things are never as calm and dignified as they seem. His first novel, Murder at the Universe, which features the adventures of dedicated hotel manager turned house detective Trevor Lambert, was published by Midnight Ink Books in 2007. The second novel in the series, Murder at Hotel Cinema, will be released in June 2008 and the third in 2009.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Craig has wanted to write since he was four years old, when he carried around a notebook entitled “Poims”. Over the years his spelling has improved, but it wasn’t until his hotel career was established that he started his debut novel and his first-ever work of fiction, Murder at the Universe. “They say write what you know, so I set my novel in a luxury hotel,” he says. “I naively thought it would be fun and easy to plot a murder mystery.” Ten years later, it was finally complete. “In my books I draw from some of the weird and wonderful people and bizarre situations I’ve encountered over the years. Fortunately, the murder part is pure fiction.” Craig’s writing has also appeared in national newspapers and in a collection of short stories published by Penguin Canada.
Craig began his career in the hotel industry in 1987 at the Delta Chelsea Inn in Toronto and has since worked for luxury hotels across Canada in positions ranging from front desk agent to vice president. Originally intending to pursue diplomatic service, he has studied international relations, modern languages, film, screenwriting, and acting. He has held positions as Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Vancouver Film School and has been a member of the Yaletown Business Association, the Vancouver Hotel Manager’s Association, and the Canada Line Business Communications Committee.
Most recently Craig was vice president of Opus Hotels and general manager of Opus Vancouver, named one of top hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Under his leadership, Opus gained an international reputation for exemplary service, cutting-edge marketing and unique design. He now works as a writer and consultant in Vancouver. He travels extensively and is particularly passionate about hotels, having stayed in—and worked for—some of the best in the world. His popular blog takes a frank and entertaining look at issues in the hotel industry at www.danieledwardcraig.com.
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