Q&A/Contact

What do I read?

I love crime, mystery, suspense and psychological horror fiction, but I’ll read pretty much anything (including cereal packets and the junk mail inside magazines.) I love to discover new authors, but some of my favourites are Mo Hayder, Belinda Bauer, Stephen King, Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, Craig Robertson, Sarah Hilary and Eva Dolan. Here are a few that I’ve been recommending to everyone…

  • Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
  • The Evidence of Ghosts by A.K. Benedict
  • Untouchable by Ava Marsh
  • Dark Flowers by Steve Mosby
  • Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
  • In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

What do I write?

My debut psychological crime novel BLACK WOOD was published by Black & White in March 2015 (and has recently been released in 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.

My latest book isn’t set in Banktoun… it’s called THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER, and it’s a festive serial killer thriller set in Surrey, England (out now from Mulholland Books.)

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

Have I won any awards?

Kind of… 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 (although I rarely have the time to write it anymore), and I’m on the editing team at the FlashFlood journal. I have written reviews and interviews for Shots Magazine. I have taught creative writing workshops in a Category B male prison.

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 18 years I’ve worked as a pharmaceutical statistician, analysing data from clinical trials. 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 spend most of my time in London and Edinburgh. I like 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. My favourite song is Black by Pearl Jam, I once chatted to Dermot O’Leary at a beer festival, I love Galaxy Ripples and I’m partial to Kevin Bacon. I am a massive fan of Ray Donovan.

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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Contact Me

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