Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?
If you enjoyed Prime Suspect and want to see where DCI Jane Tennison, who was so brilliantly played by Helen Mirren came from, I think you might like Good Friday and the TENNISON series of books. Good Friday is set in 1976, when the IRA carried out a bombing campaign in the UK. Jane is caught up in the aftermath of a bomb explosion. Did she see the bomber, can she identify them and will she be in time to stop the next attack? I was on the edge of my seat writing it, I hope the reader will be too!
If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?
I am really not sure, but I think there might have to be three volumes!
What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?
I am always being asked if I was in Rentaghost – Also what colour dye I use on my hair.
If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?
It would have to be Raymond Chandler. I can read his books over and over again. Sadly I never managed to meet him.
Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).
I am obsessive about polishing shoes, I always have been. I have pairs of boots that are over 20 years old, because I have looked after them.
Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read
Ripper – Patricia Cornwell
The Late Show – Michael Connelly
Sweet Little Lies – Caz Frear
Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series WIDOWS.
Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed PRIME SUSPECT won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer’s Award.
Since 1993 Lynda has spearheaded La Plante Productions. In that time the company has produced a stunning slate of innovative dramas with proven success and enduring international appeal.
Based on Lynda’s best selling series of Anna Travis novels, Above Suspicion, Silent Scream, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream have all adapted into TV scripts and received impressive viewing figures.
On 14th June 2008 Lynda was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (Writer and Producer for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity).
Please visit www.lyndalaplante.com for further information. You can also follow Lynda on Facebook and Twitter.
Good Friday by Lynda La Plante is published by Bonnier Zaffre on 24th August price £18.99 hardback.