Writers’ Rituals

Murder on a Summer’s Day (Kate Shackleton #5) is with my editor. Because I’m not ready to start #6, I’m clearing the study, which is practical and therapeutic but also a touch ritualistic. Years ago, while working in a chilly attic, I wore a big sweater, washed so many times…

2013, Bring it on … (Oops! It’s here)

The Kate Shackleton mysteries start 2013 with a hat trick. January sees the US paperback publication of DYING IN THE WOOL; in February, the hardback of A MEDAL FOR MURDER will be published in the US; in March comes the UK paperback publication of A WOMAN UNKNOWN. I’m looking forward…

The Italian Job

For me, the supreme movie car chase takes place in the 1969 film THE ITALIAN JOB. Red, white and blue Mini Coopers race through Turin with their cargo of gold, stolen under the noses of the police and the mafia. You’ve probably seen the film, but here’s a clip of…

THE NEXT BIG THING

Julia Stagg, author of L’AUBERGE and THE PARISIAN’S RETURN, has invited me to take part in a blog event entitled THE NEXT BIG THING – a series of questions and answers about what’s happening in my writing life. What is the working title of your book? The next big thing…

The Pendle Witches

This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the trial, at Lancaster Assizes, and the execution by hanging of the Pendle witches. Like many writers I was inspired by this story and it formed the subject of my first BBC radio play. My fascination with the story began when I…

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

One of my favourite Dales walks is from Hubberholme to Yockenthwaite. We did this walk a couple of Sundays ago. Beyond St Michael and All Saints Church, a stile leads over the drystone wall to a path by a waterfall. There is a not too strenuous uphill climb. The views…

Where I work

I work at the top of the house in the converted loft, so have plenty of light. From the skylights I can see houses, gardens and the tops of trees. On the odd days when high summer comes, the room turns into an oven and I flee to the library….

The Gentle Art of Photography

Kate Shackleton is an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Here’s a book she bought recently.