About Hilary

Novelist and travel writer Hilary Davidson got her start in journalism in 1995, when she moved to New York for five months to intern atHarper’s Magazine. Afterwards, Hilary joined the staff of Canadian Living magazine in Toronto as a copy editor. Her first freelance article,“Death Takes a Holiday” — about a New Orleans cemetery — was published by The Globe & Mail. She left her day job to write full-time in June 1998.

Hilary’s claim that she’ll do anything for a story is something she’s had a few opportunities to regret. It sounds great until she finds herself diving for shipwrecks in the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River or swimming with sharks in the Bahamas.

Her work as a travel writer has allowed her to visit places such as Peru, Easter Island, and Israel. Ironically, Hilary has spent much of her time writing books about her hometown, Toronto, and her adopted city, New York, where she’s lived since October 2001. She’s written 18 nonfiction books (17 of them for Frommer’s Travel Guides). In 2008, she launched the Gluten-Free Guidebook, a website for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. (Hilary was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2004).

Hilary’s debut novel, The Damage Done, won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and the Crimespree Award for Best First Novel. The book was also a finalist for a Macavity Award and an Arthur Ellis Award. The novel’s main character, Lily Moore, is, like Hilary, a travel writer. While their personal lives have little in common, they do share a few things, such as a love of vintage clothing, classic Hollywood movies, and Art Deco design. The second book in the series is The Next One to Fall (Forge, February 14, 2012) and the third is Evil in All Its Disguises (Forge, March 5, 2013). Read the reviews.

Her acclaimed, award-winning short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Beat to a Pulp, Crimespree, Crime Factory, Spinetingler, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir. Her work is featured in many anthologies, including Beat to a Pulp: Round One andRound Two; Crimefactory: First Shift; Thuglit Presents: Blood Guts, & Whiskey; Pulp Ink; D*CKED; and A Prisoner of Memory and 24 of the Year’s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories.

Hilary has served as an At-Large Director on the National Board of the Mystery Writers of America since January 2012. She is also on the board of MWA’s New York Chapter.



MysteryPeople: “MysteryPeople Interview: Hilary Davidson” by Scott Montgomery, March 19, 2013

The Toronto Star: “Travel Writer Hilary Davidson Gives in to the Dark Side” by Greg Quill, March 13, 2013

National Post: “Hilary Davidson’s Last Resort” by Mark Medley, March 7, 2013

Raincoast Books: “An Interview with the Suspiciously Nice Hilary Davidson” by Dan Wagstaff, March 4, 2013

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Fiction Podcast: “Episode 42: ‘Hedge Hog’ by Hilary Davidson” plus an interview by Janet Hutchings, February 1, 2013 (listen on iTunes)

International Festival of Authors: “Five Questions with…Hilary Davidson,” October 20, 2012

CBC Radio “The Sunday Edition”: Summer host Kevin Sylvester interviews Hilary Davidson, Ian Hamilton, Robin Spano and Deryn Collier, July 1, 2012 (listen to the podcast online)

MysteryPeople: “Hilary Davidson: A Fresh New Voice in Crime Fiction” by Scott Montgomery, February 8, 2012

Jen’s Book Thoughts: “Chatting With Hilary Davidson” (video interview) by Jen Forbus, January 4, 2012

Bouchercon 2011: “Julia Spencer-Fleming Interviews Anthony Award Best First Novel Nominee Hilary Davidson,” June 28, 2011

Mulholland Books: “A Conversation With Hilary Davidson and Brad Parks,” February 11, 2011

Surrey Now: “A Long Road to Success in Fiction” by Carolyn Cooke, December 7, 2010

Day Labor, the CrimeFactory blog (video): “Video Interview—Hilary Davidson” by Keith Rawson, November 9, 2010

Gadling: “Q&A With Travel and Fiction Writer Hilary Davidson” by Alex Robertson Textor, October 28, 2010

University of Toronto Magazine: “A Walk on the Wild Side” by Suzanna Chang, October 18, 2010

Do Some Damage (audio): “Interview With Hilary Davidson, Author of The Damage Done” by Steve Weddle, October 18, 2010 (available as a free iTunes podcast or a download from the website)

Pulp Serenade: “Interview With Hilary Davidson,” October 1, 2010

The ASJA Monthly, October 2010: “Writers on Writing: Crime Writer Hilary Davidson,” by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett (PDF)

Vince Keenan: “Q&A: Hilary Davidson,” September 30, 2010

Pop Culture Nerd: “Nerd Chat With Hilary Davidson,” September 27, 2010

Chin Wag at The Slaughterhouse: “Interview With Hilary Davidson” by Richard Godwin, July 18, 2010