That Lockdown Novel

It had to be done. During the Lockdown, while everyone was busy homeschooling their kid and teaching their cat ballet and writing their Lockdown novel… I was doing the same (substitute dog for cat and close-up magic for ballet). Mine comes at the Lockdown from a slant, mind you. It’s as much about plants, climate change and the environment as […]

Polaroids and Poems

Since the Lockdown started, we’ve been making the most of our designated outdoors time. Living in Chorlton, we’re very lucky to have access to Kenworthy Woods through the back gate and it’s an amazing time of year, with the trees turning green again and the wild garlic in bloom. I’ve seen a few butterflies around and can hear the owls […]

The Lure of Abandoned Places

My follow-up to The American Girl is a mystery novel about Dark Tourism, a subject I’ve been fascinated in for the last few years. Dark Tourism is defined as “travelling to places associated with death and suffering”, although it’s not invariably as creepy as that sounds. Like any kind of travel, it has its good and bad sides, from people […]

Edinburgh International Science Festival

I had a marvellous time taking part in a panel event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. There were so many interesting things going on, a great deal to see and hear. I was invited to talk on a panel discussing ‘Early Automata, Artificial Intelligence and Frankenstein’. After giving our individual talks, the panellists enjoyed a lively and only slightly […]

An Interview With Mary Shelley

It was an honour and an all-round wonderful experience to be asked to judge the Dead Romantic Interviews writing competition for Edge Hill University’s Romantic Lives Conference. There were a lot of terrific entries and it was difficult to choose a winner. You can read the winning entries here. To kick-start the competition, I wrote my own interview with… of […]

Frankenstein Documentary

It was a privilege and great fun to be interviewed by French director Jean-Baptiste Péretié for his upcoming documentary about Frankenstein. Jean-Baptiste, whose other films include La Revanche des Geeks, La Galerie France, and Moi, Candidat, wanted the interview to have a gothic vibe. Luckily, my husband John’s photographic studio was near at hand, replete with Victorian cameras, curiosity cabinets […]

Korean Translation of The American Girl

I was excited to find out that my novel, The American Girl, was going to be translated into Korean by the lovely people at Tomato Publishing. I’m even more thrilled now that I have my hands on the book. It really is the most gorgeous-looking cover… I’m also intrigued by all the footnotes explaining Twin Peaks, French food and Johnny […]

Recent Interviews

Here are a couple of recent interviews from the publicity for The American Girl. I really enjoyed doing these. The Killer Inside My Holiday Killer Reads Interview When Life Is Creepier Than Fiction The Strand Magazine

Bouchercon: Blood on the Bayou

I’m so thrilled to have been invited to take part in a panel event at Bouchercon, which is happening in New Orleans this year! I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans and I couldn’t be more excited to be discussing strong lead characters with wonderful authors Karin Salvalaggio, Rachel Howzell Hall, Kristi Belcamino, Ysra Sigurdardottir and the lovely Kristopher Zgorski, Bolo Books […]

Virtual Book Tour

I’m excited to announce the dates for the virtual book tour for The American Girl. See the banner above for the where and when of upcoming reviews of my new novel coming from a range of amazing and talented reviewers.