Ace Atkins was born in Troy, Ala., and grew up in Auburn, Ala. He attended Auburn University on a football scholarship and wrote fiction in his free time. After graduating in 1994, Atkins moved to Florida and worked in a bookstore and as a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times. In 1996, he became a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune. Atkins continued to write fiction in his off-hours. Crossroad Blues, published in 1998, was the first of his “Nick Travers” mystery novels. In 2001, Atkins left the Tribune. He and his wife moved to Oxford, Miss., where Atkins wrote full time and taught some journalism classes at the University of Mississippi. In the mid-2000s, he began writing novels based on real-life crimes. The first, White Shadow, based on the unsolved murder of a Tampa gangster, was published in 2006. Atkins lives with his family on a farm outside of Oxford.
Ace Atkins’s “Nick Travers” mysteries feature plots that are related to blues music. White Shadow, Wicked City, and Devil’s Garden are based on real-life crimes. Wicked City is set in Phenix City, Ala.
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Last updated on Oct 10, 2009.