Carla H. Krueger is ten percent angel, ninety percent rebel. She writes psychological thrillers, suspense novels and dark crime comedies and is regarded as a fresh, strong voice in male-dominated genres. She is sometimes referred to as simply 'Krueger'. Her irresistibly twisted, often violent stories contain deeply flawed, highly manipulative characters, but she somehow weaves empathy and humour into her work. There’s always somebody to root for....
"I'm drawn to the darker side of life, undoubtedly. Mysterious underworlds, brave or controversial people, darkly comic situations – these are the things that have always captivated me. I thrive on exploring hidden depths, finding out what makes people tick."
Born an only child, Carla’s guitarist father chose to disappear out of her life when she was young and he never came back. All she suspects she got from him was her lifelong passion for rock music and a raging desire for independence. She loved being out on the streets, but learned early that risk-taking has its advantages and its dangers. One night, on a local patch of disused land, she met her first cage-fighter, the rebellious teenage brother of her best friend who fought illegally in other people’s basements for money. He would later inspire one of her most memorable characters.
"Over time, I got into Kafka, Orwell, Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis. I was listening to bands like Suede, Korn, Bush, Green Day and The Stone Roses. I loved that subculture scene. All my friends were into it. Books, art and music helped me make sense of things.”
Carla studied physics at a London university and ran the student bar. The course taught her a few things, but the city sated her creative appetite, too. London was responsible for showing Carla her first Bansky and letting her occasionally stumble headlong into an all-night warehouse rave. When the loan dried up and the speakers cooled off, she landed a job as a science communicator for a major corporation and stuck at that for eight years, but something didn’t feel right. She wanted out of that smug world, wanted to rediscover her roots, to speak on behalf of those who have no voice and to create something with real meaning and power, so she left the rat-race behind where it belongs and wrote her first novel – and never looked back.
“Like life, writing fiction is not about adhering to convention. It’s not always best to follow the rules. It’s about freedom, discovery and having the courage to be yourself.”