Tell me what inspired you to write about chocolate running out? The word ‘chocopocalypse’ popped into my head – I first wrote it as a hashtag on twitter at the end of one of my usual silly tweets. But I couldn’t get it out of my head and the story grew and grew. How hard was it to get your first book published? I’ve spent 40 years writing stories, but never […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write perfect remains and perfect prey? I’ve always loved reading crime and thrillers, and given my career as a barrister it was natural ground for me. What I wanted to avoid was rewriting other detectives currently at the top of the genre, and it seemed to me that there was space to make crime a bit sexier again. Hence DI Luc Callanach – incredibly […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write your first book? I was working in Westminster. It is an incredible environment with thousands of people all operating in close quarters. I saw first-hand all the stories and characters that existed in that world. I knew some of those stories deserved to be told. No one else was writing about it, so I thought: why not me? What did you do before […]

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Tell me, what inspired you to write about your latest book? I originally wrote these stories over 20 years ago to entertain my children on wet holiday afternoons in our caravan. Over the years I occasionally wondered if they might be publishable, and as it turned out they are. Do you try and read the online reviews you get on say Waterstones website? This is my first book. I have […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? It was actually a tweet. I probably can’t say what the tweet was without spoiling things, but I was sitting in a coffee shop with a notebook, doodling and playing with ideas. I knew I wanted to write something new and sci-fi-ish, but I wasn’t sure. I got distracted and went on Twitter, and saw this tweet (which wasn’t […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? The first spark for Sirens came when I was young and drunk, at a pill party in Manchester. No-one knew who owned the house and there was a lot of mystery about the man who did. There was talk of a girlfriend who’d vanished under mysterious circumstances. At the time I was reading The Great Gatsby and thought that […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? When I was eight, my lightkeeper Dad was posted to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse in North-east Scotland. This was the first time we’d ever lived actually at a lighthouse, and from the ages of eight to eleven it was the most amazing place to grow up, with wide-open spaces and rocky coves. There were even stories of Viking battles on […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? Liz & Kate: We were thinking about fairy tales, and how they could be inverted. So we came up with the idea of a male sleeping beauty. And then we decided to set the ‘fairy tale’ bit of the story in the past, so we picked Anglo-Saxon England; Kate had recently started reading about the Saxons. We didn’t want […]

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