Paula Gosling was born in Detroit and moved permanently to England in 1964. She worked as a copywriter and a freelance copy consultant before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. She published her first novel, A Running Duck, in 1974. This won the John Creasey Award for the best first novel of the year and she has since garnered both the Silver and Gold Daggers. She is a past Chairman of the CWA.