Tell me what inspired you to write for children? I wasn’t really “inspired to write for children”. What happened was that I had an idea for a story (Time Travelling With A Hamster) that was suitable for children, and I wrote it thereby becoming a “children’s author”. How hard was it to get your first book published? I feel a bit bad saying this, but not hard at all. I […]

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Which came first, adult or children’s books for you as a writer? The first novel I ever finished was a story for younger readers. It was terrible, and I shoved it in a bottom drawer hoping it would mature, but I take it out from time to time, and it’s still terrible. Writing takes a lot of practice and it just so happens that the first of my novels that […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write The Boy Made of Snow? I was always going to write a novel because that had been my dream since I was a little girl. And when I was an adult I kept telling myself, “One day, when I have time…” Then I realised: No one ever has time to write a novel! You have to make the time or it won’t happen. […]

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Killing State. Click HERE for info sheet. JUDITH O’REILLY Epub: November 6th 2017 Paperback pub: March 15th 2018 www.judithoreilly.com @judithoreilly Where do you find inspiration for your books? People around me. Life. News. I absolutely love that moment when you think “Ah, Yes I could write about that.” Do you try and read the online reviews you get on say Waterstones website? Sometimes with my eyes shut. I hate the on-line […]

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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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