Blake Crouch was born in the North Carolina piedmont in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, publishing his first two novels within five years of graduation. Since then he has published eight additional novels, as well as multiple novellas and short stories. His stories have appeared in ELLERY QUEEN, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies. His novels FULLY LOADED, RUN and STIRRED have each earned spots in the top 10 of the Kindle bestseller list, and much of his work has been optioned for film. He lives today in Durango, Colorado.