Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author. His thrillers have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been released in more than 40 countries. His latest book, The Prisoner's Gold, won the ITW Thriller award for 2016 Book of the Year. He is the first adventure writer to win a prestigious Thriller Award. His works have also been featured by the Literary Guild and honored by the Florida Book Awards. The first novel (The Hunters) in his new series is currently being made into a major motion picture. It will be released in 2017. Chris just launched a new series called The Hunters: Origins, which will detail the backstories of the major characters in the Hunters in advance of the Hunters movie. His first novella in Origins is called Before The Storm. Chris grew up in Indiana, PA, 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, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended his sports career. (That, and a severe lack of athletic ability.) While at Pitt, he worked for the Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, eventually earning his B.A. in writing and his M.A. in teaching. For six years, he taught English and coached football in western Pennsylvania 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 bad decision that would ruin his writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. The 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 was just starting at Trident Media. He asked to represent Chris, and the two have been together ever since.