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
Murder in your neighbourhood. Detectives on your doorstep.
Come and see me in Hammersmith Library
Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7AT
Thursday 28th May 2015 at 6.00 – 7.30 pm.
Elly Griffiths (author of the fantastic Ruth Galloway novels) will be interviewing me about my new novel The Detective’s Secret. With guest Stephen Cassidy, retired Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police who has helped me with research questions throughout my writing The Detective’s Daughter series.… Read more
I will be interviewed by Lisa Holloway, presenter of Brighton’s The Space at an evening hosted by the oldest writing group in the UK (founded in 1937). Lisa and I will discuss a number of topics including my use of place both in the past and the present, different themes in my novels: loss, class, relationships with family and in my new novel – published that day – The Detective’s Secret surveillance, and betrayal.… Read more
I taught a creative writing course on Crime Writing with bestselling author Elly Griffiths on the weekend of the 19th September to 21st September 2014. Elizabeth Haynes was our guest for the Writers Talking panel on the Sunday afternoon. It offered students a chance to discuss their writing with three different crime writers who yet have much in common. … Read more
I had a lovely couple of days in sunny Bristol, catching up with people, talking with writers and readers. It was great to share a panel with Elizabeth Haynes (right in pic) and what luxury to chew the cud of writing with such as Graham Masterson, Jonathan Holt and Elly Griffiths.