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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Girls of Summer

My new novel, The American Girl, comes out soon and I’m getting excited (and a little bit nervous!). I’ve been lucky to have some lovely feedback from some authors I really admire, including Megan Abbott, Lori Rader-Day and Hilary Davidson. It meant a lot to me that writers who have inspired me were generous with their time and read my […]

The Secret Mother

It was a great pleasure to interview Victoria Delderfield at the launch of her debut novel, The Secret Mother, at Urmston Library in Manchester on Wednesday night – an event hosted by the lovely people from Urmston Bookshop. Vicky and I took the Creative Writing MA at Lancaster at the same time and she workshopped parts of her novel on the course. I remember […]

Gothic Tales & Short Stories

I had a lovely time at Waterstones in Lancaster last week reading from my work alongside the wonderful Zoe Lambert, author of The War Tour. Zoe read a riveting and thought-provoking story ’33 Bullets’, in which “a Kurdish academic flees persecution and while imprisoned in a UK detention centre still tries to write an article about the poet Ahmed Arif, […]