What makes authors turn to a life of crime?
One minute you're writing romance, sci-fi or a biography and the next you're elbows-deep in bodies and deceipt.
find out as our panel opens up to us about making the change.
Elly Griffiths is the author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries and the Stephens and Mephisto books. Her books have been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year three times and, in 2016, Elly won the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work. The Dark Angel (Feb 2018) is the tenth Ruth book and Elly’s first standalone novel, The Stranger Diaries, will be published in November 2018.
You can find out more about Elly by visiting her website - www.ellygriffiths.co.uk.
Or, you can follow her on Twitter - @ellygriffiths
Frances Brody is the author of nine popular mystery novels set in 1920s Yorkshire, featuring Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned detective. A WOMAN UNKNOWN was shortlisted for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Suspense Magazine (USA) chose A DEATH IN THE DALES as their "Best of 2017" in the ‘Cosy’ category.
Frances started her writing life with stories and plays for radio and scripts for theatre and television. JEHAD, first produced by Manchester Library Theatre, was nominated for a Time Out award. Before “turning to crime”, Frances wrote three historical novels. SISTERS ON BREAD STREET won the won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. In the second, SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, Frances takes her character, Jess, to Silverdale and Morecambe.
James Swallow is a BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter and novelist. He is a Scribe Award winner and has written over forty-five books – among them five New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers – including the Marc Dane action thrillers Nomad,Exile and Ghost, and the Sundowners steampunk westerns for young adult readers.
As well as creating original material, he has also written for several major intellectual properties, including Star Trek, 24, Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Warhammer 40,000.
His work in the videogames industry includes developing narratives for high-profile titles like the Deus Ex series, Ghost Recon Wildlands, No Man's Sky, Disney Infinity: Star Wars and many more.
C.J. Skuse is the author of the YA novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC, MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS. She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England and has first class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Young People. Aside from writing novels, CJ is a Senior Lecturer on the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. SWEETPEA is her first adult novel. The sequel will be published by HQ/HarperCollins in paperback in August 2018.
You can find out more about CJ by visiting her website.
Or you can follow her on Twitter - @CJSkuse
Sue Welfare has written professionally for almost twenty-five years. Beginning her career in romantic comedy, Sue is a Times best selling author, runner up for the Melissa Nathan Award, and was amongst the finalists in The Channel 4 Sitcom Fest. She was Local BBC radio’s first Story Laureate and has taught and spoken nationally and internationally, including a very short stint teaching aid workers in Nigeria, as part of a life writing project, working in collaboration with the UEA.
Three years ago – tired of the happy ever after – Sue turned from Kissing to Killing with her debut domestic noir, Next of Kin, before embarking on a Losing Leah, the first book in a series, featuring DS Mel Daley.