As Winter envelops us, I’m heading into the depths of the countryside (well, Ditchling) in Sussex at the end of this month to join fellow crime novelists, Elly Griffiths, William Shaw and Susan Wilkins in a warm and cosy barn. Over tea and scones, we’ll talk about our stories. Do wrap up and come along. Beware the smell of almonds as you sip your tea…..… Read more
I joined Peter James, Fergus McNeil and James Law at the Berry Theatre for a night talking about the business of writing crime fiction at the Berry Theatre in Southampton (Hedge End). We had good fun swapping dark imaginings and evil doings.… Read more
2.45 pm: The Crime Professionals – inside knowledge and research
I’m on a panel with Stephen Cassidy (retired Detective Chief Superintendent of the London Met)who helps me with my research, along with D. C. Lisa Cutts (Remember, Remember) and ex-criminal barrister, now lecturer in criminology and criminal law, Diana Bretherick (The Devil’s Daughters). We are talking about how our research (and personal experience of the other panelists) informs our work as crime writers.
Hammersmith Library, with my publisher Head of Zeus, put on a thought-provoking and fun evening on Thursday 28th May 2015. Elly Griffiths was a wonderful chair with panelists, retired Chief Superintendent Stephen Cassidy, Frank Pacifico Senior operator/trainer and train tester on the London Underground and me.
We discussed how Stephen and Frank have helped with my research for The Detective’s Daughter novels.… Read more
As part of the CWA’s Crime Reading Month in June, I’m on tour with fellow writers, Elly Griffths, William Shaw and Susan Wilkins. We will be talking about writing crime and our latest novels. We’ve all read each other’s work and will discuss common themes, areas of difference and our passion for writing and of course reading.… Read more
I begin my writing process with an image. For this novel, the image was a windmill on the Sussex Downs with windows inserted beneath the sails. Anyone living there could see for miles.
In my twenties I read Victorian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s description of an economically efficient prison. His ‘Panopticon’ was a tower with cells fanning out around it.… Read more