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, Peter James, Craig Robertson, Sarah Hilary and Eva Dolan.
Which 3 books do I recommend to people all the time?
- Untouchable by Ava Marsh
- 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. My second, WILLOW WALK, was released in May 2016, and THE DAMSELFLY (the final book in ‘The Banktoun Trilogy’) followed in February 2017.
Although they’re 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.
You can find links to some of my short stories here.
I’ve got a never-ending stream of ideas, including some horror… 🙂
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?
Oh yeah, and 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 & Kati Hiekkapelto.
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 ‘SJI’ 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 15 years I’ve worked as a medical 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’ve now settled in west London with my husband and a teetering pile of books. I like exploring, 80s/90s pop, grunge and rock… and pretty much anything made of cheese.
And finally… who took those fab photos of you, and can I use them?
They were taken by the fantastic Melanie Moss – you can check out her other work here. 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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