Tori Telfer graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. She was the recipient of both the Edwin L. Shuman Best Senior Honors Thesis in the English Major in Writing Award and the Edwin L. Shuman Fiction Award; an NU Undergraduate Research Symposium award; the J.G Nolan Scholarship and the Hulda & Maurice Rothschild Endowment for academic excellence; and a membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
After college, she worked in children’s publishing and teaching before going freelance. Over her 4+ years of freelance experience, she has written marketing copy for everything from specialty manicure tools to indie theater companies, worked with CEOs and startup founders as the editor-in-chief of Hippo Thinks to help them publish in places like Forbes and Fast Company, edited numerous PhD dissertations, written viral reported pieces, and been featured several times on longform.org.
Her writing has appeared in the Awl, Vice, Salon, Jezebel, GOOD magazine, and elsewhere. Her preference is for longform features that explore odd subcultures—see Selected Publications. Her screenplay, DETECTIVE IN THE CITY OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, was awarded honorable mention in the Table Read My Screenplay contest. She has written, produced, and directed two plays.
Her first book, LADY KILLERS (Harper Perennial), will be released on October 10, 2017. It’s a “thrilling character study of the most diabolically complex, fascinating female psychopaths in history.” —New York Times bestselling author M. William Phelps, DANGEROUS GROUND: My Friendship with a Serial Killer