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Janice Hally

St Cere, France

Janice Hally is a Scottish screenwriter with more than 300 hours of prime-time television drama to her credit. She has also written fiction and non-fiction books.

Her latest book, published June 2010 by French publisher Hachette, is "Distant Echo", a psychological thriller.

Current commissions include the big screen adaptation of Peter May's "The Killing Room" for a French film production company.

International Playwriting Award
She began writing as a theatre playwright. Her first play, written while she was still at university, won the ISPC international playwriting award and was professionally produced by the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, the year that she graduated from Glasgow University with a Master of Arts in English and Drama.

Best New Writer to Television
The play, "Ready or Not",was subsequently adapted for television, and its production led to her nomination - at the age of 23 - in the category of Best New Writer to Television in the British PYE Television Awards.
Prime Time Television Drama

During the 15 years that followed the award, she went on to become one of Scotland's most prolific television writers, responsible for some of the most highly-rated drama in her homeland. As creator and scriptwriter she collected more than 650 credits for drama series, single screenplays and children's drama.

Non Fiction Writing
Janice's involvement in children's drama led her to write Modelling and Acting for Kids a handbook for young people and their parents on how to avoid the pitfalls and make a success of the modelling and acting business.

Janice has also written fiction in prose. A romantic comedy "Looking for the Zee" was published in the USA by Miramont Media. Her latest book is published by French publisher Hachette, entitled "Distant Echo", and a second in the series, featuring psychologist Alexandre Lelong, will be published in 2011. The imprint Editions Didier intends to use the books to break in to the English language market in France and across Europe.

Personal Life
Janice met her husband Peter May, more than 25 years ago when they were both young writers on Scotland's top-rated TV drama at that time. They were married in 1990. They recently left their native Scotland to live in South West France where Peter now concentrates on writing novels. Accompanying him on the research trips for his award-winning China Thrillers means that Janice has traveled extensively in China and the USA, and his current Enzo Files series means a lot of travel in France and western Europe.

Interests: Comedy, Drama, Film and Television

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No