Vicki Clifford was born in Edinburgh and until recently taught Religious Studies at the University of Stirling.
She has an unusual background as a freelance hairdresser with a Ph.D on psychoanalysis from the University of Edinburgh. She had her first book, Freud's Converts, published in 2007.
Vicki lives in Perthshire, Scotland. When she isn't writing she's walking her dogs or making unorthodox tray bakes.
Beyond Cutting is the first in a series of mysteries. She is currently working on book six.