Leigh Russell

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Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell writes the series featuring police detectives Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson, which are currently in production for television. Her debut novel, Cut Short, was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award, and went on to become the first in a long-running series. She also writes the mystery series featuring investigative reporter Lucy Hall. Leigh studied literature at university, then had a number of different jobs before becoming a teacher, a career that enabled her to share her enthusiasm for books with teenagers. She is now a full-time writer.


Interviewed 01 October 2016

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Always busy and incredibly lucky since becoming a full-time writer.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Books, keyboard, iPad, phone, coffee cup, blue sky, white clouds, river, boats.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Toast (brown bread), hummus (reduced fat), tomatoes, chilled white wine, chocolate (I was doing so well until I reached for the wine...)

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, David Bowie, Bernard Shaw, Nelson Mandela, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family, iPad, keyboard, phone, reading glasses, passport.

Five favourite words ...

Complimentary, Champagne, laughter, communication, kindness.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Seychelles, the sea, a bookshop, anywhere safe.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee), Personal (Lee Child), Billionaire (Peter James)

Two things that make you rant ...

Intolerance, leaf blowers.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

It's going to be fine.