Tell me about the person behind the blog?
I’m a national newspaper journalist turned crime writer, my blog is mostly stories from the blended family front line (we have four children between us) with the odd review or rant thrown in.
When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging in 2006 because I thought it would be cheaper than therapy – I came back to the UK after nearly ten years in Brussels, in the middle of a divorce, and blogging was a great outlet.
What are your proudest moments or achievements to date as a blogger?
I’ve had fantastic trips to New York, Florida, Barcelona and, last year, a six star luxury cruise to ten Greek islands. I’ve been very lucky and I’ve been offered all sorts of opportunities via my blog, including editing jobs and product reviews on everything from laptops to lampshades, but most importantly I’ve made lovely blogging friends.
If you had to breakdown the components of your ideal perfect book what would they be? Ooooh this is a toughy. I suppose I’d ideally like to stumble across either a long lost Jane Austen or an Agatha Christie – feisty heroine and an unobtainable hero who melts in the end, or a difficult case that only our talented sleuth can solve.
What is your favourite genre to read?
I’m addicted to whodunits.
What 3 books would you recommend and why?
This is such a hard question! I think I’d go for Margery Allingham’s The Tiger in the Smoke, which elevated crime fiction to a whole new level, Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which has one of the most brilliant twists ever, and Dorothy L Sayer’s Gaudy Night, crime plus romance, my favourite.
Finally, tell me more about your blog and why we should subscribe?
You never quite know what you’ll get on my blog – either an introduction to an author friend who’s just published a brilliant book, a review of a product which I have personally tested and can really recommend, a (hopefully amusing) diatribe about teenagers, some background to one of my own novels, or maybe even some useful tips on marketing or editing books. It’s a mixed bag, come along and have a rummage!
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