The lovely Sarah Hilary is on the blog today. Sarah’s debut novel ‘Someone Else’s Skin‘ won last year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier crime novel of the year last year. Her third book in the Marnie Rome series, ‘Tastes Like Fear‘ is out now.
Sarah is on the blog today to tell us more about ‘Killer Women’. Thanks, Sarah, for taking the time to chat with us.
Tell us a bit about Killer Women, please, Sarah.
Killer Women is a collective of crime writers in London and the South East. I’m the odd one out as I lived in London for years but I’m in Bath now. I was chuffed to bits when a vacancy came up and I was voted in.
And the festival…
This is the first ever Killer Women Festival, and a rare thing for London: a one-day crime writing festival. It’s been very generously sponsored by Audible (who publish such inspiring audio-books) and crime-fiction-enthusiast accountants HW Fisher, and it’s being held in Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday 15th October 2016.
It seems mad that London didn’t already have a crime writing festival…
Doesn’t it? But we’re righting that wrong now. Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Martina Cole and Mark Billingham are all top of the bill, and the festival itself is the brainchild of Mel McGrath and Louise Millar. I’m genuinely honoured and thrilled to be part of it.
Is it a women-only event?
Nope. The collective is all-female, but we have Mark Billingham headlining and last time I looked he was definitely a bloke!
Can you share any exclusives with us about the festival?
It’s early days, so watch this space … I can say that there are rumours of Killer Women cocktails which I’m very excited about. Oh, and we have a Killer Women Anthology coming out, published by Audible and with a foreword by Val McDermid. I really enjoying writing a suitably dark story for that.
I have to ask: what was it like to win the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award last year?
It was fabulous. I’ve been a fan of Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival for as long as I can remember, and so many of my heroes were on the long- and shortlists. It was a real thrill to win, and to have votes from so many lovely readers playing a part in that. I’m keeping the barrel (trophy) very well polished!
And you’re doing Creative Thursday this year, aren’t you? Are you allowed to tell us what you have planned?
Ah, yes. Alex Marwood (another Killer Woman) and I are plotting this right now. We’re going to have a good natter about the different ways you can write a Whydunnit and share our top tips for success. It should be good.
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