Q&A/Contact

What do I read?

I love mystery, suspense and spooky psychological horror fiction, but I’ll read pretty much anything if it’s got a great hook (I’ve been reading a few romcoms and a bit of uplit recently too!) I love to discover new authors, but a few of my all-time favourites are Mo Hayder, Steve Mosby aka Alex North, JP Delaney, Paula Daly, Stephen King, Mark Edwards, Craig Robertson, Steph Broadribb, Louise Voss, A.K. Benedict, Elizabeth Haynes, Jenny Blackhurst, C.L. Taylor, Cass Green, Amanda Jennings and Jennifer Hillier. You can see what I read in 2017 HERE, in 2018 HERE and in 2019 HERE.

What do I write?

I write novels with crimes in them, but that’s quite a broad description… I like to make each book a bit different from the last, and I’ve merged elements of psychological thriller, supernatural, mystery, police procedural and even some sci-fi.

My debut psychological crime novel BLACK WOOD was published by Black & White in March 2015. It was a Kindle Top 20 bestseller and has been translated into Czech. My second, WILLOW WALK, was released in May 2016, and THE DAMSELFLY followed in February 2017. Although they’re often described as a trilogy, each book is a standalone story so you don’t have to read them in order – the main thing that links them is the setting – the fictional town of Banktoun in south-east Scotland, and recurring character, Davie Gray.

After that, it was THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER (November 2017) – a ‘festive’ serial killer thriller set in Surrey, England (Mulholland Books, Hodder) – it’s been very popular with my  more ‘grinchy’ readers out there, and has been translated into Norwegian.

My next two books were published by the fabulous Orenda Books. The first, THE LINGERING (September 2018) may or may not contain ghosts, and the second was VIOLET (September 2019) set on the Trans-Siberian Express.

…and just to continue with the theme of never-writing-the-same-book-twice, my upcoming releases from Thomas & Mercer – THE LAST RESORT (December 2020) and SUBSTITUTE (summer 2021) are thrillers with a dark technological edge.

You can find links to some of my short stories here.

Have I been nominated for or won any awards?

Yes (although none of them have been major, they are still very nice!) In January 2010, I won the Global Short Stories competition, in 2013 I was runner up in the M.R. Hall Crime Writing competition, and in 2014 I was longlisted for the Crimefest Flashbang competition and shortlisted for the CWA Margery Allingham competition.

What else do I do?

I’m one of The Slice Girls – a bunch of very cool crime writers who also sing and perform at crime festivals. The occasionally changing line-up also includes Alexandra Sokoloff, Steph Broadribb, Louise Voss, A.K. Benedict & Harley Jane Kozak.

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The Slice Girls – The Curly Coo, Stirling (Bloody Scotland, 2016) – photo credit: Eoin Carey) – L to R: Alex Sokoloff, Louise Voss, Steph Broadribb, A.K. Benedict and me

I’m part of the writing collective known as Murderers’ Row at ITW The Thrill Begins. I love flash fiction and short stories, although I rarely have the time to write them anymore. I have written reviews and interviews for Shots Magazine. I’ve taught creative writing workshops in a Category B male prison, and I’m a writing coach at CRIME FICTION COACH.

Anything else?

I’m a fictional character… In 2012, I won a competition at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, to be a featured in the Peter James novel Dead Man’s Time… hence PC Susi Holliday was born (and she’s been in two more books since).

What does ‘S.J.I.’ stand for?

Susan Jennifer Inglis… My ‘real’ name, my middle name and my maiden name. You can call me Susi 🙂

What about in ‘real life’?

I am the eldest of four children, and grew up in a small town near Edinburgh where I worked in the family businesses (newsagent and pub) from a young age. I studied Microbiology & Statistics and for the last 20+ years I’ve worked as a pharmaceutical statistician, analysing data from clinical trials (now, thankfully, only part-time!) I started writing my first novel on the Trans-Siberian Express, and after lots of travelling around the world and living in lots of different places, I now divide my time between Edinburgh and London. I love walking and exploring, 80s/90s pop, grunge and rock music, and pretty much anything made of cheese. I got married in a former asylum. I’ve slept in a cave in New Mexico. I used to sing in a choir. I’m scared of ghosts. My favourite song is Black by Pearl Jam, and I am a massive fan of Ray Donovan (can’t wait for the next season).

And finally… who took those fab photos of you, and can I use them?

Most of these were taken by the fantastic Melanie Moss – you can check out her other work here, and a couple by the equally excellent Ian Patrick. Please feel free to use these images for blogs & other publicity if you like! Click on the gallery and you will get larger versions.

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FOR ALL RIGHTS ENQUIRIES, please contact my agent: Phil Patterson at Marjacq.

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