Tell me what inspired you to write Brightstorm? I’ve always loved real-life stories of exploration like Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to Antarctica. My initial idea for Brightstorm came from Shackleton’s advert to find his crew. I also love Amelia Earhart for how she influenced so many females to pursue their dreams – she inspired the captain of the main sky-ship in Brightstorm, Harriet Culpepper. How hard was it to get […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write crime books? When I was a kid I lived in Africa. My parents used to go to sleep for an hour or two every afternoon because it was so hot. I never could, so I worked my way through their green-backed Penguins. I think boredom is a great motivator! What can you tell us about your books currently published? In paperback I have […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write the Boy at the Back of the Class? I’ve been so fortunate as to be travelling out in my spare time to the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk in France since 2015, to aid the phenomenal long-term volunteers working to help refugees stuck there. But there was no plan to write a book about anything to do with that arm of my […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write action thrillers? Just being a fan of thrillers written by people like Lee Child, Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly, but also enjoying action movies like the Bourne and Bond films. I’ve always enjoyed fast-paced stories that make you want to keep turning the pages. Where did the inspiration for your main character come from? The opening line of book one was “The first […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write historical crime set in India? Hi Fiona, thanks for featuring me on your blog, and thanks for the great questions. I think Raj-era India was a fascinating place and time, unique in many respects and one that’s been overlooked, especially in terms of crime fiction. I think that period in history has contributed so much to modern India and Britain, and it was […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write The Puppet Show? It was my agent actually. I already had a series with another publisher but he wanted something new to sell. He suggested I stick with the Cumbrian setting as it seemed to work well. The idea was one I’d had for a while and I’d initially intended it to be the third book in the DI Fluke trilogy. I like […]

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What Inspired you to write the Territory series? I wanted to write about two issues that I’m really interested in: the environment and education. Turning to the environment first – it’s going to sound corny, but I have two young girls and I’m really worried about the sort of world we’re leaving behind for them. Global warming is real, it’s happening and we’re simply not taking big enough steps fast […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write fish boy? Ooh I would say – a love of mysteriousness, the sea and David Attenborough! What can you tell us about your second book? It’s an adventurous road trip of you tube, self discovery and death avoidance with an awe inspiring scandinavian backdrop and fun bunch of characters. How hard was it to get your first book published? Actually I was lucky […]

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