I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I remember I wanted to write ever since I was very young. I wrote my first stories when I was six, and by eleven I already knew I wanted to do it seriously.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
Oh, extremely! It didn’t help that the credit crunch was at its highest and publishers weren’t taking risks. People ask me for tips and I get embarrassed; all you can really do is write your best, send your work to as many people you can, pray and take up knitting or ome other hobby while you wait for those publishers/agents to reply.
Thankfully my first books have been well received and now I have more freedom as to what I can write, and I know it won‘t be as hard as before to see them in print. Like any other profession, you need to build up your CV.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Bloody, bloody awesome!
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
Politician’s autobiographies. Especially from former Mexican presidents! I could write an entire essay about that…
What’s your favorite book?
Gosh, many! Both books and quotes!
I love The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Emma, The Neverending Story, Love in the Time of Cholera, Contact… I could go on.
I’ll give you two humorous quotes as it’s always good to laugh:
“I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding“ Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice (perfect to tell someone they’re idiots without them noticing)
“You look white and shaken, like a dry martini“ P.G. Wodehouse. I’m still hoping for a chance to use it in real life!
EBooks or paper print?
Depends. For pleasure definitely paper. I love cuddlng under a blanket and read the evening away (especially with my northern England weather). For research I prefer e-books so I can bring lots of references with me on research trips. Right now I’m researching for a new series set in Mexico and the references are not available online, so I had to travel with 12kg of books!
What inspires you?
That’s a tricky one. I still don’t know. Ideas tend to come at the most annoying times – shower, subway, whilst driving… I do find a lot of inspiration from sience books, especially when I’m looking for poisons and ways to murder people…
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
I really want to say Dumbledore or Tyrion Lannister, but I’ll be more literate…
A drinking night with Belbo, Diotallevi, and Casaubon from Foucault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco) would be possibly the most fun anyone could have. Especially if they’d read The DaVinci Code and we spurred them to discuss about it.
Also, I’d love to have Frey and McGray for dinner, though I’m not sure either of them would like me very much! I wouldn’t know what to cook either…
What’s your worst nightmare?
I would tell you, but I’m using it for a new book… (see last question!)
The best decision of your life was?
Not giving up on my books. It took loads of effort and patience, and there were many times I thought it would never happen, but I am so happy I neer left them to be forgotten in a drawer.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
The fourth Frey and McGray – Loch of the Dead – is coming out on 31st May. It takes place in one of the most remote areas of Scotland (Loch Maree) which has loads of legends around it. I am very proud of this book.
Also, as I mentioned earlier I’m working on a new series set in Mexico. Unfortunately, all I can say for now is that it’s set in 1689, it will be spooky, and 95% of the characters will be women.