ABOUT CHRIS


Chris Kuzneski is the #1 international bestselling author of twelve novels and one novella. His thrillers have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. One of his novels (The Hunters) is currently being made into a major motion picture, and another (The Prisoner's Gold) won an ITW Thriller Award for Book of the Year.

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Chris attended Indiana (PA) High School where he was voted Class Clown of his senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back-to-back CENPAC championships. He continued his football career at the University of Pittsburgh ― playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Jeff Christy, Mark Stepnoski, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Louis Riddick, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended his athletic career. (That, and a severe lack of talent.)

While at Pitt, he worked for
The Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while earning his B.A. in writing and his M.A. in teaching. After college, he taught English (and coached football) in western Pennsylvania for five years and was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. But in his mind, he still wasn’t doing what he wanted to do. He wanted to be a writer. So he quit his job and took a leap of faith.

After being rejected by every agent (and publisher) on the planet, he self-published his first novel, The Plantation. Most experts thought it was a horrible decision that would ruin his writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. His novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in his genre. Their endorsements gave him the confidence to continue writing. The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who had just started at Trident Media. He asked to represent Chris, and the two of them started kicking butt together.
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His second thriller (Sign of the Cross) was released in 2006 and became an international bestseller. So far, it has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Chris finds this funny since he can speak none of them. Sword of God climbed even higher on the charts, hitting the New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestseller lists. Since then, all of his books have hit at least one bestseller chart. The last time he checked, his books were available in roughly twenty-five languages and more than forty countries ― including some he can't find on a map.

In July 2016,
The Prisoner's Gold won the ITW Thriller Award for 2016 Book of the Year. In the illustrious history of ThrillerFest, Chris is the first action/adventure writer to ever win a Thriller Award. In fact, prior to his nomination, the only adventure author to be a finalist was his writing idol, Clive Cussler. It is also the first self-published book to ever win a Thriller award, something he's quite proud of.

His latest book is called
The Malta Escape. It is the ninth novel in the Payne & Jones series, and it is the funniest book he has ever written. It debuted at #1 on the Maltese bestseller list, which is yet another reason to love that fabulous country.

Chris currently lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. When he's not enjoying the sun, surf, and hurricanes, he's probably watching movies or sports while actively avoiding people.


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ABOUT CHRIS


Chris Kuzneski is the #1 international bestselling author of twelve novels and one novella. His thrillers have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. One of his novels (The Hunters) is currently being made into a major motion picture, and another (The Prisoner's Gold) won an ITW Thriller Award for Book of the Year.

Chris attended Indiana (PA) High School where he was voted Class Clown of his senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back-to-back CENPAC championships. He continued his football career at the University of Pittsburgh ― playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Jeff Christy, Mark Stepnoski, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Louis Riddick, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended his athletic career. (That, and a severe lack of talent.)

While at Pitt, he worked for
The Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while earning his B.A. in writing and his M.A. in teaching. After college, he taught English (and coached football) in western Pennsylvania for five years and was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. But in his mind, he still wasn’t doing what he wanted to do. He wanted to be a writer. So he quit his job and took a leap of faith.

After being rejected by every agent (and publisher) on the planet, he self-published his first novel, The Plantation. Most experts thought it was a horrible decision that would ruin his writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. His novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in his genre. Their endorsements gave him the confidence to continue writing. The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who had just started at Trident Media. He asked to represent Chris, and the two of them started kicking butt together.

His second thriller (Sign of the Cross) was released in 2006 and became an international bestseller. So far, it has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Chris finds this funny since he can speak none of them. Sword of God climbed even higher on the charts, hitting the New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestseller lists. Since then, all of his books have hit at least one bestseller chart. The last time he checked, his books were available in roughly twenty-five languages and more than forty countries ― including some he can't find on a map.

In July 2016,
The Prisoner's Gold won the ITW Thriller Award for 2016 Book of the Year. In the illustrious history of ThrillerFest, Chris is the first action/adventure writer to ever win a Thriller Award. In fact, prior to his nomination, the only adventure author to be a finalist was his writing idol, Clive Cussler. It is also the first self-published book to ever win a Thriller award, something he's quite proud of.

His latest book is called
The Malta Escape. It is the ninth novel in the Payne & Jones series, and it is the funniest book he has ever written. It debuted at #1 on the Maltese bestseller list, which is yet another reason to love that fabulous country.

Chris currently lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. When he's not enjoying the sun, surf, and hurricanes, he's probably watching movies or sports while actively avoiding people.

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