Penny writes crime novels about a Private Investigator. It’s not that she writes what she knows, exactly, but she does write what she likes to read…
She is also Chair of the biggest writing-related organisation in the world - that is, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society - this means she has writers’ best interests at heart and works out what dosh they can get for secondary rights. (Which is pretty fab and also means writers can afford to give their dogs more bones.)
To get back to the books she writes, ‘The Doll Makers’ won the International Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger; and ‘Like False Money’ was nominated for the International John Creasey Dagger - both recognitions of the fabulousness of her work were, of course, accepted with becoming modesty.
Penny thoroughly researches the 21st century PI in order to provide the authenticity which is a trade mark of her novels.
Part of that research involves interviewing real people - real victims, real criminals…….
...and real law investigator type people, too, including forensic detectives and pathologists…
Being a novelist often results in reactions from these interviewees ranging from suspicion on the one paw, to camaraderie which often involves too much detail, and even offers of work!
It’s all valuable material to Penny, and you can find out how she’s used it in her three novels due to be released on November 12th in paperback. (Found in all good bookstores on- and off-line.)
They have fab covers:
Rosie reckons ‘The Dollmakers’ cover is dead scary…….
Penny will be out there with her special pen signing books in WH Smith’s…
- and there's a 3 for £15 offer going on - yay!
19 November WHS Books Beverley 9.30 to 11.30
19 November WHS Prospect Centre Hull 12.00 to 2.00
26 November WHS Coney Street York 12.00 to 2.00
26 November WHS Monks Cross Shopping Park York 2.30 to 4.30
3 December WHS Westborough Scarborough 12.00 to 2.00
10 December WHS Victoria Shopping Centre Harrogate 12.00 to 2.00
17 December to be confirmed, maybe nowhere
Rosie: It’s been very interesting finding out how you work, Penny! Come back soon. *don’t forget to refill the dog choc drop pocket, though*
Monty: It’s been lovely getting to know you, Penny. You can come back anytime - even if your dog choc drop pocket IS empty. No. Really. I mean it. Honest. I do. Yeah.
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