I’m Vanessa and I’m a writer.
In 2015, I won the Pitch Perfect competition for unpublished writers at Bloody Scotland, the crime writing festival held in Stirling each autumn.
This is where I write about what I’m writing, where I’m going, and what I’m reading. I also include author interviews from time to time.
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Category Archives: Author interviews
That historical fiction is often seen as a separate genre to other novels always surprises me. After all, for all that LP Hartley said “the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”, surely the emotions and events … Continue reading →
I first became aware of Tiffany Murray when I saw her described in the Guardian as “a glam-rock Dodie Smith“. Given how much I love I Capture the Castle, I was always going to be interested in her novel Diamond … Continue reading →
The first Judy Astley book I read, aptly as it was her first novel, was Just For the Summer. Set in a largeish village on the Cornish coast it concerns itself with the comings and goings of the second-homers, arriving … Continue reading →
“This book kept me wide awake on my last long-haul flight – a reimagining of the Dracula story. Tense, terrific.” Ian Rankin’s description of Lynn Shepherd‘s The Pierced Heart was what drew it to my attention – and that of … Continue reading →
Chris Ewan is the best-selling author of The Good Thief’s Guides Series, Safe House and, most recently, Dark Tides, published in paperback last month. I first came across his work years ago when The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam was … Continue reading →