Susi Qs – Week 5 – Katerina Diamond

Hello and welcome to my blog series – Susi Qs – where I will be quizzing some of your favourite crime fiction authors, in the style of the Smash Hits Biscuit Tin. For those of you unfamiliar/too young – this involved a celebrity choosing some very random questions from a biscuit tin. I’m using a virtual tin (let’s imagine it was one like this…), and instead of a celeb, I’ve got an author…

This week’s guest is Katerina Diamond, the Sunday Times Best Selling author of Exeter-based Grey & Miles crime thriller series – starting with The Teacher and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die. Her latest novel The Heatwave is a gripping standalone, and fans will be pleased to hear that more Grey and Miles books are on their way.

So, without further ado – let’s see what nonsense Kat would like to share with us…

Do you have any weird habits?

I do the Vulcan “my mind to your mind” with my cat.

Where’s the worst place you’ve been sick?

A difficult question to answer without incriminating myself. I guess the worst place was Derby cemetery.

Who do you love?

Isn’t this an LL Cool J song? – I love quite a few people, too many to list really. At the moment though I’ve been re watching Quantum Leap and I love Sam Beckett.

What would you cook on Come Dine With Me?

Drunk Pork stew – it’s a Greek dish made with pork and red wine (oregano, garlic, Dijon mustard – cook for 4 hours on low) its super delicious.

Have you ever written a fan letter?

I have written a fan letter to an author, back before I started writing myself. They responded to me, they were quite famous too. I’m not going to say who it is!

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

I have 5 pairs of the same trainers in different colours, I have 2 pairs of boots.

When did you last sleepwalk?

Its been a while, I think it might have been on the eve of my third book coming out. We had just moved house and I woke up to find myself wrapped up in my brand new white velvet curtains (since destroyed by the cats). The curtains were in a box somewhere so I must have got up to put them on.

When was the last time you were arrested?

I have never been arrested but I was accidentally in a drugs raid once. I left my bag at someones house and when I went to pick it up a police team with dogs turned up and searched the place.

Who would you rather pay golf with? Michael McKintyre, Take That, or The Queen?

I guess the Queen. The others are all a bit annoying.

What’s your secret party piece?

I can turn my tongue upside down.

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Thank you, Kat. I would really like to know who you sent that fan letter to!


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Harrogate Happenings

Yesterday afternoon, I returned from my annual trip to Harrogate for the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival, the event where 100s of crime writers, bloggers, authors, industry professionals and many, many readers converge at The Old Swan hotel (of Agatha Christie disappearance fame…) for a weekend of talks, parties, drinks, books, scandals and hangovers. As usual, the festival was excellent fun – and even the rain didn’t stop play 🙂

Great things…

  • The Pimms-in-A-Tin tent… genius
  • Promoting my new book The Deaths of December at the Hodder drinks party, which included pulling crackers and saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to a lot of bemused faces (and keeping my reindeer antlers on all night afterwards)
  • Reading my short story ‘The Chair’ while my fellow Slice Girls A.K. Benedict and Steph Broadribb duct taped author Neil White to a chair at The Blues Bar (thanks to Zoe Sharp for the torch!)
  • The Slice Girls performance afterwards (as part of fringe event Noir At The Bar)
  • The Dark Side panel on Friday, featuring Clare Donoghue, Elly Griffiths (this year’s fab festival chair), Simon Toyne, Lesley Thomson & James Oswald – chatting about supernatural elements in crime and why we should all read it
  • Chocolate cake and Prosecco at the Bonnier drinks party
  • Hanging out with lots of really cool people and laughing very much at lots of unrepeatable and ridiculous thing (…laughing at Katerina Diamond telling me to stop laughing so much)
  • Ed’s highanus
  • Danny not being dead

Annoying things…

  • Not getting a burger because it started to piss down with rain and they had to close it down before everything blew away
  • Not spending enough time with some people (and not seeing others at all…)
  • My agent not being there
  • Rain
  • Forgetting to buy Farrah’s fudge
  • Rod Reynolds*

Sad things…

  • Thinking about the beautiful Helen Cadbury, who had planned to be there and will always be missed 💔

Some pics below, mostly stolen from others. Thanks to the organisers for a fantastic event, my publishers for spoiling me with a lovely meal and showering me with praise, the cleaner at The Cairn for giving me extra biscuits, and all the lovely people who kept me entertained. Roll on 2018!!

*Not really 🙂