- People ask me how I write my books so quickly. All I can say is that I type very fast and once an idea takes hold of me, I run with it and trust that the characters will take me wherever they need to go. By and large this works. Sometimes I have to step in and take charge if my characters dart off in too many directions. Fortunately my detective, Geraldine Steel, generally knows what she is doing.
- Although my books are not extremely gruesome, they are far from cosies. Despite the fact that my books are murder stories, I am very squeamish and can't stand the sight of blood. I would have been a complete disaster in the medical professions. I can't even watch hospital programmes on the television.
- Most of my research is fascinating, but not all of it is fun. Investigating live maggots was too disgusting to put in a book. Watching a sheep's eye being dissected was interesting in a grotesque way. On the other hand, I did get to spend an entire afternoon at my local fire station with a team of firemen, and am off to do some research in the Seychelles for a couple of weeks, and then on to Paris for a week researching another book, so it's not all bad!
- My writing career began later than many authors. There was no grand plan to be a writer. I can't believe I discovered my passion for writing relatively late in life. Since I started, I have not been able to go a day without writing. It was like turning on a tap. There is no way to turn it off now. Before that, I was addicted to reading. They are two sides of the same coin.
- It is no secret that I only ever wear purple. People often ask me why.
- I was a vegetarian for many years, although I do now eat fish.
- My killers interest me more than my other characters. What is it that drives some people to kill? This is the question I explore in my books.
- My characters are never based on anyone I have ever met, and my plots are not based on anything I have ever heard or read about. I make it all up.
- I have no sense of direction. Am I the only person to have got lost in the toilets at an airport? Every door I opened was another cubicle. Only after watching other people was I finally able to find the exit. If no one else had been coming in and out I might still be there, opening the same doors again and again.
- I am fortunate to be able to support a fantastic lifestyle by writing fiction, but it is a highly risky source of income, so all I can say with any confidence is, so far so good.
Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling DI Geraldine Steel series and the DI Ian Peterson spin-off series which have sold over half a million copies worldwide. Her seventh Geraldine Steel novel, Killer Plan, explores how a chance meeting with an old school friend in the park can change a woman's life forever. Soon, Caroline's husband is dead and her child missing, but with the killer monitoring her every move, is there any way she can help Geraldine uncover the truth?
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