Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – October 2017

Welcome to my October newsletter! As the nights draw in, and the days grow chilly, it’s time to sit by the fire and put your feet up with a good book.

I’m currently reading through the proof copy of Class Murder the tenth Geraldine Steel which is available to preorder here. I think you’re going to like it… here’s what my editor said: ‘all these years of editing Geraldine Steel and you still never fail to surprise me! This is another well-crafted, tightly plotted novel and I very much enjoyed it – even if you did manage to shock hardened old me’. After all these years, it’s a great feeling to still receive feedback like that!

Before I share any more of my news, here’s this month’s interview where I’m excited to be chatting with Martina Cole.

Getting to know Martina Cole

One of the biggest selling authors in the world Martina Cole is familiar to us all from her books and her television series and appearances, and needs no introduction. But read about what Martina is really like as she shares a few secrets with us.

If you hadn’t become a writer, what would you like to have been?

A Rock Star !!

Which of your many achievements are you most proud of? And what do you regret the most in your life?

After my children then I would say being inaugurated into the Crime Writers Association Hall of Fame.   Regrets, losing my parents so young.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

Reading and watching films with a nice glass of wine !

By any objective standards you are a phenomenal success as an author, which must have significantly affected your lifestyle. Has this experience changed you as a person?

My friends do not think so. I still have the same friends from school, and they say I haven’t changed, I just drive a nicer car.

If you met Kate Burrows, what would you say to her?

Ha, great question, I’d start by asking if I can borrow Patrick for a long weekend !! It would be great to sit and have a coffee with one of my biggest characters…

A writer’s life…

This month I took up my post as Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Westminster. It’s early days, but so far so good. I am lucky to have a lovely walk to my office on the campus…

There are a number of Chinese students at the college, and I was pleased when one of them told me that the magazine that bought the rights to publish Deadly Alibi is very popular in China!

We had a lot of fun at Morecambe Literary Festival where I ran a crime writing master class and took part in two panels. It’s always wonderful catching up with friends… Here’s me on the left with the lovely Elly Griffiths and Barbara Nadel.

And us again on the ‘Killer Queens’ panel with Sarah Ward and Kevin Wignall (the latter not a Killer Queen, but a killer moderator!) .

It was great to catch up with my fellow No Exit Press authors and old friends Howard Linskey and Luke McCallin….

…and nothing beats the English seaside in October!

Back in London, we were invited to the Icelandic Embassy’s UK launch of Snare by the brilliant Lilja Sigurðardóttir. If anyone is looking for something to add to their reading pile, I highly recommend this!

And look who else was there… Sandi Toksvig! Unfortunately she didn’t give me the inside scoop on the winner of this year’s Bake Off but it was lovely seeing her again.

This month we also attended the launch at Waterstones in Piccadilly, for Lloyd Otis’s Dead Lands. I’m thrilled to see Lloyd Otis doing so well and can’t wait to start reading his debut novel!

I enjoyed chatting with fellow author Anja da Jager and reviewer Jake Kerridge at North Finchley Library. We discussed plotting and character, location and the sources of our ideas, and signed some books!


The winner of last month’s competition will have a character named after him / her in my next book. And the winner is…


Congratulations! I look forward to writing your character in the next Geraldine Steel book!

Thank you again for reading my newsletter. I do hope you enjoyed it, and continue reading my news and interviews in the future. You can read my previous interviews with Lee Child, Peter James and Howard Linskey on my website where you can contact me if you have any questions for me. And don’t forget to find me on Twitter and Facebook!

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