Crime in Edinburgh Thursday 21st August with Natalie Haynes and Mason cross

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Do you believe a house can remember things that have happened in the past?

As D.S Preston and D.C Lang investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow they ask themselves, who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? They believe their questions are answered and the case is closed.
Sam Leonard could not be happier, he has an amazing acting career, a loyal best friend and a fantastic girlfriend and after a previous turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
Patrick McLaughlin’s life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But a house that Patrick buys is not all it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased and a fairly recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?

Henderson Manor will bring together the lives of several unsuspecting people…but can a house let go of its past?

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Henderson-Manor-Patrick-McLaughlin-Book-ebook/dp/B00ILTV6GY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408214448&sr=1-1&keywords=emma+l+clapperton

August Crime Question – books to look out for in the next few months

30/6/14 Grave Matters at St. Blane`s-Myra Duffy

A contract to write a visitor guide for a theme park, planned for Kingarth on the Isle of Bute, proves to be a dangerous assignment for Alison Cameron. There is fierce local opposition to the proposal; the manager has left suddenly with no explanation and the on-site archaeologists are in no hurry to complete their survey. There is a suspicion that Alexander Crombie, who is financing the project, is about to run out of money and then, when she thinks things can’t get any worse, the first body is found.

14/8/14 Paths of the Dead-Lin Anderson

It was never just a game . . . Paths of the Dead is the next novel in Lin Anderson’s esteemed Rhona Macleod crime series.

When Amy MacKenzie agrees to attend a meeting at a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling to her from beyond the grave is her son. The son whom she’d only spoken to an hour before.

Then the body of a young man is found inside a neolithic stone circle high above the city of Glasgow and forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is soon on the case. The hands have been severed and there is a stone in the victim’s mouth with the number five scratched on it. DI Michael McNab is certain it’s a gangland murder, but Rhona isn’t convinced. When a second body is found in similar circumstances, a pattern begins to emerge, of a killer intent on masterminding a gruesome Druidic game that everyone will be forced to play . . .

14/8/14 The Night the Rich Men Burned-Malcolm Mackay

There’s nothing so terrifying as money. . .

Two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, look for work and for escape from their lives spent growing up on Glasgow’s most desperate fringes. Soon they will become involved in one of the city’s darkest and most dangerous trades. But while one rises quickly up the ranks, the other will fall prey to the industry’s addictive lifestyle and ever-spiralling debts.

Meanwhile, the three most powerful rivals in the business – Marty Jones, ruthless pimp; Potty Cruickshank, member of the old guard; and Billy Patterson, brutal newcomer – vie for prominence. And now Peterkinney, young and darkly ambitious, is beginning to make himself known . . .

Before long, violence will spill out onto the streets, as those at the top make deadly attempts to out-manoeuvre one another for a bigger share of the spoils. Peterkinney and Glass will find themselves at the very centre of this war; and as the pressure builds, each will find their actions – and inactions – coming back to haunt them. But it is those they love who will suffer most . . .

15/8/14 Crow’s Bait-Douglas Skelton

Davie McCall is nearing the end of a long prison sentence following the events of Blood City. As well as forcing him to grow up fast, prison has introduced him to a new cast of criminals and unfortunates. Fellow inmate Sammy tells him that he knew his father, bringing back painful memories for Davie. Meanwhile, Davie’s old adversaries, detectives Frank Donovan and Jack Bannatyne are investigating the brutal murder of a young female student. Davie’s old flame, reporter Audrey Fraser is putting together a series on the drug trade in the West of Scotland for the Daily Record. It’s soon clear that Davie’s dad, Danny McCall, is back in town and after blood, working his way back into the criminal underworld. He can’t have his son getting in the way of that, at any cost, and he knows exactly how to get to him. The cases begin to link up and the past begins to catch up with Davie McCall in this enthralling tale of violence, corruption and divided loyalties.

4/9/14 Troubled Waters-Gillian Galbraith

A young, disabled girl is lost on a winter’s night in Leith, unable to help herself or find her way home. Someone is combing the streets, frantically searching for her. Within hours of her disappearance, a body is washed up on Beamer Rock, a tiny island in the Forth being used as part of the foundations for the new Queensferry Bridge. No sooner has Detective Inspector Alice Rice managed to discover the identity of that body than another one is washed up on the edge of the estuary, in Belhaven Bay. What is the connection between the two bodies? Has the killer any other victims in their sights and if so, can Alice solve the puzzle before another life is taken? In this novel, the sixth in the series, appearances belie reality, and truths and falsehoods gradually merge, becoming indistinguishable.

11/9/14 Thin Air-Ann Cleeves

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland’s most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears – apparently into thin air. It’s mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. The following day, Eleanor’s friend Polly receives an email. It reads like a suicide note, saying she’ll never be found alive. And then Eleanor’s body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge.

Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to Unst to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the legend of the ghost had seemed unhealthy – obsessive, even – to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are  convinced that there is more to Eleanor’s death than there first appears.

Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill – many years later – to protect?

11/9/14 The Skeleton Road-Val McDermid

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen’s investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.

Karen’s search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge — but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined . . .

18/9/14 The Meating Room-T.F. Muir

When the body of Thomas Magner’s business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago.

In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner’s accusers is killed in a hit-and-run – and the abandoned car is found to be registered to one T Magner.

DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned to the hit-and-run case and soon discovers that Magner’s murky past is very much seeping into the present. How did he acquire his wealth? How his first wife die? And why did his business partner commit suicide?

And was Magner a serial rapist in his youth? Or was he something far worse?

28/11/14 Cry Uncle-Russell D MacLean

Dundee-based private investigator J. McNee finds himself way out of his depth in his latest undercover assignment
Working undercover on behalf of the police, McNee’s mission is to get close to aging gangster David Burns and uncover his secrets. In his role as Burns’ new right hand man, he’s expected to follow orders and get his hands dirty. But how far can he go before he crosses the line? With the murder of Burns’ nephew – supposedly under McNee’s protection at the time – the tension ratchets up to breaking point, and McNee finds himself in the midst of a vicious turf war. His cover at risk of being blown at any moment, in this deadly game McNee is beginning to realize he’s expendable. To survive, he’s going to have to change the rules … Dark, violent and psychologically gripping, Cry Uncle blends the grit of classic American hardboiled fiction with a distinctly Scottish voice and attitude.

18/12/14 Runaways-Peter May

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged.

In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.

Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

August Crime Author of the month 2014 with Gillian Galbraith

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1. How did you get started writing
At the grand old age of 42, I had a child. Up until then I had been a full-time Advocate, practising at the Bar in Edinburgh. After, Daisy was born, my thyroid gave out and then a diagnosis of a heart problem was made for Daisy ( now thankfully resolved). Consequently, I could no longer practise law and I had to think of an alternative career. I started writing then and have not really stopped since. The life of a writer suits me well.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel
Basically, I had an idea for a crime novel as opposed to any other sort of literature. At the heart of such a novel is always some sort of transgressive act by somebody, so the kernel of a plot already exists. Having written one, the publishers wanted more with the same central character and so I continued with crime. In any event, I have never had, sadly, an idea for any other kind of novel. I do, however, live in hope.
3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing
Difficult to say who has influenced my style. I have always read a great deal and that must have its effect. If we assume that the most formative years are the teenage ones, I liked both Graham Green and Ernest Hemingway particularly then. However, I no longer do. In truth, I don’t think I’m sufficiently analytical of my writing to know, and wishful thinking would probably cloud the picture anyway.

4. You have also started a new mystery series featuring Father Vincent Ross, What was your inspiration for doing this
I wrote the Father Ross novel because I wanted a change from writing police procedural novels. I also wanted to be able to plot freely without the plotting constraints which modern police forensic techniques impose. Sin is also a much wider field than crime. Finally, I wanted to set a novel in the countryside and, for my own interest, to have a man as the main protagonist. Finally, morality is more nuanced that the Law.

5. What was the inspiration when you first thought of writing the first DS Alice Rice novel Blood in the Water
The inspiration for “Blood In The Water” was an idea for a particular type of injustice combined with sympathy for good people who, for understandable reasons, end up doing bad acts.

6. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one
I like most of my characters. In some ways, partly because I know her well as she has been in all the Alice Rice novels, my favourite is Elaine Bell. While she’s a terrific hypochondriac, and has an unhappy marriage, I admire her uncompromising nature and forthrightness Everyone knows exactly where they are with her and she, despite her gender, gives orders easily. Real introspection is unknown to her. I am also rather fond of Father Vincent’s cat, Satan, as he is based on my own Siamese cat, Finn.

7. Why did you choose to set your Alice Rice novels in Edinburgh
Because of its extraordinary beauty and because it is the only city that I know. It’s also the capital, with all that that entails, and a good size- large enough for plentiful murders, small enough for word of mouth to retain its power. Its also fragmented into many different areas each with their own distinctive character from Gorgie to Stcokbridge or the Grassmarket to Muirhouse.

8. With the amalgamation of the Scottish Police Force last year, how has it changed your Novels
Not a bit yet. I have an Alice Rice novel coming out this September but it is set before the re-organisation .I plan to begin another one this Autumn and the first thing I will have to do is contact the newly re-organised force in order to research the effect the changes have had on the police detection process. I’m quite looking forward to learning all about it and seeing what changes I’ll have to introduce in order to accommodate the new order.

9. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novels
In order to maximise my own interest in the series I always chose an area that I will have to research for each book. In “Where The Shadow Falls” I used my knowledge of wind farms, in “Dying of the Light” I learnt about prostitution and in “The Road to hell” I researched homelessness in Edinburgh. In the new Alice Rice, “Troubled Waters” I looked into religious cults. Equally, every plot raises new forensic science questions, police procedure questions, so I am always having to find out something new. In “The Good Priest” I had to learn about life as a catholic priest and the matters covered in the Murphy report and the Cumberlidge report. I enjoy the research phase of writing a book tremendously.

10. Are the characters in your books based on any real life
Nowadays they tend to be amalgams of the characteristics of people I know. When I started I lifted them more from life but learnt my lesson quickly when someone recognised their godmother in an eccentric old lady and asked me directly if that character had been drawn from life.

11. Since you have started writing have any well known authors given you any advice
At a Crime Writers Association lunch, Mr I Rankin gave me unsolicited tax advice relating to record collections ( sadly, not needed so far) and Alexander McCall Smith has given me general encouragement. That’s the best I can do, I’m afraid!

12. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa
The nearest in personality to me is Alice Rice but she is more elegant, younger and can function within a hierarchy. She and I think in similar fashion, her logical processes are mine, we both love the beauty of the countryside and are, essentially loners. Elaine Bell has, sadly, my impatience. The rest of my vices are shared around fairly evenly.

13. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned
In September, “Troubled Waters” comes out. It is another in the Alice Rice series but has, I think, a slightly different feel to the others. To my mind it is more tense, more worrying, as gradually the reader realises that the life of a child is at stake. I read it after Sarah Water’s “Fingersmith” and that gave me an idea for a plot, something new that I have not used before. I hope next to start another Father Vincent and I think I will be researching madness.

14. Out of all the Novels you have written do you gave a favourite one that stands out to you
The one closest to my heart is always the most recent one that I’ve written as enthusiasm is necessary to sit alone at the kitchen table day after day , in effect, talking to oneself. So, “Troubled Waters” is my current favourite but I will always love “Blood In The Water” as its relative success meant that I could go on writing. Finally, I am also fond of “The Good Priest” as I am not constrained in the way I described earlier by police/forensic matters and the canvas feels wider

15. As a well known crime writer do you have words of advice you can share
To be frank I am always hesitant about these things. Its a bit like when you have a baby and find yourself with books all offering diametrically opposed advice. So, all I’d say is: write what enthuses you, treat it like a job and follow your own instinct.

Series
Alice Rice Mystery
1. Blood in the Water (2007)
2. Where the Shadow Falls (2007)
3. Dying of the Light (2009)
4. No Sorrow to Die (2010)
5. The Road to Hell (2012)
6. Troubled Waters (2014)

Father Vincent Ross Mystery
The Good Priest (2014)

http://www.gilliangalbraith.net/

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gillian-Galbraith/e/B0034OV65C

August Crime Author of the month 2014 with Karen Campbell

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1. How did you get started writing And 2. What drew you to write a crime novel

I’ll answer these both together, because it’s the same response. I started writing because I wanted to try and show what life is really like for a uniformed cop, having been one myself. It was a chance to throw a light on the cameraderie, the humour and how the job can be sad and lonely and exhilerating & hugely satisying all at once. Because the books were about the police, folk instantly think ‘ thriller/crime’, but the books are much more about the people than what they do. To be honest, you could write a novel about any group of people who have any full-on, often dangerous jobs that impacts on their lives. It just so happens that mine are police officers. I was a uniformed cop; I never worked in CID and haven’t got a clue about post-mortems and forensics and criminal profiling! What I am interested in is people – how we define ourselves, how we protect and present ourselves to the world, and how we react to what life throws at us. I was also really interested to look at how you change & how people change towards you as soon as you don a uniform and become a ‘figure of authority’. Even coming from a police family myself, until I put on the uniform and walked through the street of Glasgow on show to all the word as a ‘polis’, it’s really hard to understand how it feels. So, in a nutshell, I guess the police books are all about that – when you’re in a job where the buck absolutely stops with you, when you’re very visible always, and where that visibility attracts strong responses and assumptions about who you are and what you believe.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing

I’m not sure any have influenced my style as such, because I think that’s the one thing you need to hang onto in writing -your own voice. If you let it be influenced too much by other folk – whether it’s your agent, or your tutor, your writing buddy, your mum, other writers, whatever – it stops becoming your book, and then you have to question what it is, why you’re writing it, and who it is you’re writing it for. I absolutely think you have to set out to write the book you want to read, the one that nobody else can write or tell like you can – otherwise, for me, there wouldn;t be a strong enough incentive to write. What did definitely influence me is reading contemporary Scottish writers, folk like James Kelman & Janice Galloway, AL Kennedy & James Robertson – they are all influences in terms of where and what you can write about, how you can find inspiration in small, quiet things, and use language to dig deeper and deeper behind the surface to find another truth, that other perspective that’s always lurking there.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest.

Definitely. My difficulty was I’d written something which was an ‘awkward fit’ – a lot about the police, a lot about domesticity, a lot about motherhood, so much of the rejection feedback was ‘we love the writing, but we don’t know what shelf we’d sit this on, how we’d market it…’ Luckily, my agent at the time sent the Twilight Time (my first book) to Hodder, where the editor there loved the fact that the book was a bit different, a bit of an uneasy ride through policing – and they went on the buy four of them, which was great!

5.You started your writing career writing crime novels then took a break and tried something different .

I never saw it as a break , just what felt like a natural transition. The book I have out now is called ‘This Is Where I Am’ and is a story about a Somali refugee living in Glasgow, trying to make a new life – and the Glaswegian woman who befriends him. I don’t think there’s much difference with this book and my others, so hopefully, if you liked the first four, you’ll like the next two as well! They’re all about social issues, all (except for my newest one, out next year) set in Glasgow. Like I said, with my first four books, I was writing about people who just happened to be cops, but the thrust was always about lives behind closed doors, behind facades, behind the uniform – and my new book is a variation on that. Those faces you pass in the street everyday – whoare they? Where are they from? What do they go home to at night? I find all of that fascinating. I think everything I write is about identity – the acts we put on in front of folk, the roles we play in different situations.

6. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one

I think Abdi – the refugee in my fifth novel. He’s the furthest from me in terms of experience, gender, culture, everything, so was definitely the most challenging character to create and sustain.

7. Why did you choose to set your novels in Glasgow

Well, it’s the city I know best in the world, it’s where I grew up, where I went to uni, where I worked as a cop, so when I was aiming for an authentic edge when writing about the police, it would have been daft not to use my own experiences of walking the beat alone, in a deserted Glasgow at 5 am, of seeing the sun come up over Kelvingrove Park, or chasing neds down manky back lanes thinking, ‘man, what have I just stood in?’ as you’re running! But, more than that, it’s such a beautiful, atmospheric, warm and spiky city, and it’s a joy to view Glasgow as an outsider- everyone should try viewing their home as a tourist would! It really makes you see stuff you might otherwise have taken for granted. For example, in This Is Where I Am, the two characters meet in a different part of the city each month, as a way of helping to integrate Abdi, the refugee in my book. Thinking about where they might go, all the usual places you’d take visitors made me think: somewhere like Kelvingrove Museum. It’s imposing, stunning. But – if you didn’t know it was free & you didn’t know you were ‘allowed’ inside – would you even go up the steps? Again, it’s about digging behind first impressions and assumptions – which you can do with places as well as people.

8. With the amalgamation of the Scottish Police Force last year, how will it change your future Novels

– I’ll just leave this one out if that’s ok, as I’m not writing about the police any more?

9. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novels

For the first book The Twilight Time – no research at all really. Although I’d never write about a real life incident or an incident or real people I was involved with as a cop, because it would just feel wrong (and also, it’s not fiction if you copy real life!) – all the feelings and the kind of things that happen, the humour, the police jargon etc, that’s all real. But, with each police book I wrote, I tried to push myself further and further away from what I knew. For example in After the Fire, I write about what happens when a police firearms incident goes wrong. I’ve never been a firearms cop, never even held a gun. So all of that required a huge amount of research. With my new book, I spent time speaking to refugees and people that work with asylum seekers, to try to build up a picture that went beyond what I might imagine it must feel like to be a refugee. The book I’m currently working on (which will be my 7th) is going to involve the biggest amount of research I’ve ever done, as it’s set in Italy during the Second World War. I have a ton of history books I’m reading at the moment. (And a research trip to Italy looming – tough work, but someone’s got to do it!)

10. Are the characters in your books based on any real life No, definitely not. Not worth the risk!

11. Since you have started writing have any well known authors given you any advice

Before I got published, I did a two year Creative Writing Masters at Glasgow University, so I was very fortunate in that we had tutors and lecturers like Alistair Grey, James Kelman, Liz Lochhead who’d all comment on our work – plus give advice on what works for them. But the best thing about doing the course was meeting other writers like me – folk starting out, who all wanted to talk about writing and ideas, set up editorial groups, compile anthologies etc, so it was a really supportive, creative atmosphere. I definitely think you need the company of other writers, whether it’s a writing group, an online group, whatever.

12. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa I don’t , but other folk do. What’s even stranger is that people you know often think they see themselves in your characters, when you’ve never even thought about them when writing (at least, not consciously!)

13. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.

Yes, I’ve got a new book out next March called ‘Rise’. It’s about a couple moving to a small village to try to fix their marriage, and about a cuckoo in thier nest – girl who ends up working as their au pair – who’s running from a dodgy past, which threatens to catch up on her. Set in a remote corner of Argyll, it’s timeline is right now, where, in Scotland, the whole country is gearing up to the Independence referendum, and each one of us are being asked to think more deeply about who we are and what we want. It’s about love and faith and forgiveness – and about which version of ‘you’ you choose to be. I’m really excited about it coming out – this will be the first time I’ve been published in the USA. Plus I really love the cover: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Karen-Campbell/dp/1408857928/ref=sr_1_1? s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407159969&sr=1-1&keywords=rise+by+karen+campbell

I’m just starting work on the next one, the one set in Italy in WW2, so I can’t say much more about that at the moment, as it’s all still in my head and embryonic notes…

14. Out of all the Novels you have written do you gave a favourite one that stands out to you

Of the police ones, I think After the Fire, as it’s such a topical subject – what kind of police force do we want, should the police be armed, does that make us safer or is it more dangerous? These questions never get resolved in society, and we often shy away from them, and don’t want to think about the individual police officers who have tomake that split-second decision to fire or not – then live with the consequences for the rest of their lives.

15. As a well known writer do you have words of advice you can share (have taken crime out, so it’s more relevant for all the books)

I’d say, don’t write for ‘the market’ – write the kind of book you like to read, maybe the kind of book you’ve always wanted to read, but never quite found before. Don’t worry about genre or marketing -that’s up to the publishers. Worry about creating compelling characters, people that have real hopes and dreams and fears and adversaries, then the narrative will flow from that.

Series
Anna Cameron
1. The Twilight Time (2008)
2. After The Fire (2009)
3. Shadowplay (2010)
4. Proof of Life (2011)

Novels
This Is Where I Am (2013)
Rise (2015)

http://www.karencampbell.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Campbell/e/B001KHPNZE

August Crime Author of the month 2014 with Helen Fitzgerald

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1. How did you get started writing

I wrote a diary as a teenager, short stories as a young adult, poems in my twenties, and screenplays in my thirties. After I’d had my second baby I finally sat down to write a book. It came very quickly, and I wrote ten in seven years.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel
I didn’t really mean to. My screenplays were comedies and the first half of my first book, Dead Lovely, is mostly comedy. At the half way point, I remember coming downstairs and telling my husband that I’d just killed someone (i.e. in the book) and that it felt great. I’ve been killing people ever since.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing
Books by women about women.
 
4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest
I’d struggled to get a film made, but those screenwriting years meant I had a screenwriting agent who helped me get a literary agent. He was very good at selling and I had several deals in three months.

5. So far all your Novels have been standalone,if your were given the chance to write a series would you go for it, or do you prefer writing standalone Novels
I tried a second Krissie novel on the advice of my agent (My Last Confession) but I wouldn’t do it again. I like to put my main character through hell, and you can’t do that more than once.

6. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one

Krissie Donald (Dead Lovely) was my first character and I definitely have a soft spot for her. But I felt most connected with Joanna in The Cry. I couldn’t get out of her head, and it was a hellish place to be.

7. You have set your Novels in many different places and countries, do you have a particular favourite you like to use
I tend to set my books in Glasgow, because I’ve lived here for 23 years and am more familiar with it than anywhere else. But I loved writing about Point Lonsdale in The Cry. It was the first time I’d set a book in Australia and I found myself much more in tune with the landscape than I’ve ever been before.

8. As an author you are based in Glasgow, there are many authors that live in or write about Glasgow, what do you think makes your Novels stand out 
Nothing. All those other Weegie writers are genius.

9. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novels
I always find myself reading about three or four different issues/places/events for each book. At the moment I’m reading forums where adopted children from other countries are talking to each other. I’m also reading about South Korea, Magaluf nightclubs, and the laws which apply to online videos.

10. Are the characters in your books based on any real life 
No! (Yes)

11. Since you have started writing have any well known authors given you
any advice
So many! I can’t get over how helpful giants like Denise Mina and Laura Lippman are.

12. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa
Yes. My female characters are usually guilt-ridden. That’s definitely me.

13. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned
The Exit is out in February 2014. Rose, 82, has dementia and is in a care home. No-one will believe her when she says something terrible is going on.

14. Out of all the Novels you have written do you gave a favourite one that stands out to you
The Cry. I felt like everything came together for that one.

15. As a well known crime writer do you have words of advice you can share

The main thing is to write. That’s the fun part and the only thing that matters. Sit on the chair and write.

Novels
Dead Lovely (2007)
My Last Confession (2009)
The Devil’s Staircase (2009)
Bloody Women (2009)
Amelia O’Donohue Is So Not a Virgin (2010)
Hot Flush (2011)
The Donor (2011)
Deviant (2013)
The Cry (2013)
The Exit (2015)

Novellas
The Duplicate (2012)

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