Questions & Answers

  • 7

    What’s your writing routine? Do you have to be in a particular place to be comfortable or can you write anywhere?


    I can have ideas anywhere, I can take notes anywhere, but mainly I write in my “office”, which is, in fact, a sweet, very non-threatening bedroom that has fairy lights around the window. The two other places I write are in an amazing writers’ and artists’ retreat in West Cork and a gorgeous local coffee shop, where I sit in the corner drinking gallons of coffee. With Darkhouse, I wrote most of it in holiday homes around Ireland, but mainly in Dunmore East, Waterford, a beautiful harbour village, not unlike the setting in the book. In terms of routine, it changes constantly – but my most productive days are when I start at 6.30 a.m. It can go on until midnight, which is fine by me, because I love what I do.

  • 8

    Which of your bestsellers did you have the most fun writing and why?


    I really enjoyed writing all of them, but Blood Runs Cold stands out because of my time in Colorado. It was my first trip there, I was visiting the FBI offices that featured in the book, I met wonderful, kind, generous people. I was welcomed into people’s homes, I fired weapons, I climbed Quandary Peak, I met many crazies, I visited a jail, I made great friends. It was a movie montage of adventures.

  • 9

    Which writers do you love to read?


    Jim Thompson, Daphne du Maurier, Declan Hughes, Scott Phillips, Stephen White, Megan Abbott, Dennis Lehane, David Sedaris. It’s been a busy year and all I want to do is go to a desert island and read for a month. I have piles of new books all over my house. I keep buying, but not finding the time to read them.