Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. While attending Ole Miss, Greg lived in the cabin where William Faulkner and his brothers listened to countless stories told by Mammy Callie, their beloved nanny, who had been born a slave.
Iles wrote his first novel in 1993, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, which became the first of 12 New York Times best-sellers. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than 20 languages, and published in more than 35 countries. His new book, "Mississippi Blood," is volume three of the Natchez Burning trilogy.