A Biography of Dominique Sylvain
The Mastermind Behind Lola & Ingrid
She is the mastermind behind one of the most popular French detective series in recent years: the Lola and Ingrid series. Born in Thionville, Moselle, in 1957, Dominique Sylvain is today a trademark of crime fiction novels.
A graduate in the History of Art from the University of Strasbourg, Sylvain started working as a journalist before becoming a fiction writer. She worked for a dozen years in Paris, first as an independent writer for Le Journal du dimanche, and then as a corporate journalist in the steel industry at the Usinor group. Later, she became head of internal communications and sponsorships at Usinor.
After moving to Japan and Indonesia with her husband in 1993, she began writing fiction. It was while in Tokyo that she started drafting her first novel, Baka! (1995), set in that city and featuring detective Louise Morvan. The character became the leading part of a book series that would mark her beginnings in crime novels.
In 2004, she started the Ingrid and Lola series, with the stories of the unofficial investigations of American masseuse Ingrid Diesel and retired detective Lola Jost. These stories include a mix of traditional crime fiction and humor, and have been adapted to cinema, with two of these movies broadcast on Eurochannel: Ingrid & Lola – United Against Crime and Ingrid & Lola – Road to Manta Corridor.
Sylvain won the Elle's Grand Prix in 2005 for her eighth novel, Passage du Désir, which marked the birth of Franco-American duo Lola and Ingrid, adapted to cinema in Ingrid & Lola – United Against Crime. She is also the author of Vox, winner of the Sang d’encre award in 2000 and Strad, winner of the Prix Polar Michel Lebrun.