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 love to discover new authors, but some of my current favourites are Mo Hayder, Steve Mosby, Belinda Bauer, 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 and what I’ve read so far in 2018 HERE.
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 most recent 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 (Mulholland Books, Hodder (Nov 2017)) – it’s been very popular with my more ‘grinchy’ readers out there!
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.
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, and I have done a bit of manuscript appraisal and coaching (more of which will be happening soon – officially – so watch this space).
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 (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 East Lothian, 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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