AD Garrett

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A. D. Garrett

Margaret Murphy is the writing arm of AD Garrett, the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Murphy and policing and forensics expert Helen Pepper. Margaret has published nine psychological thrillers under her own name – both standalone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. Her lifelong passion for science is reflected in her research for her novels. In 2013, writing as AD Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Professor Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms.


Interviewed 18 March 2017

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

Teacher, learner, reader, writer, varied, slog, exhausting, stimulating, resilience, striving

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

A stack of novels that have inspired, and continue to inspire me.
A patchwork map of US Interstate Highway 44, stitched together from Google printouts and pinned to my office wall (multiple murders occur along this long and lonely road in book two of the series).
Tools of the trade (computer hardware and peripherals, but also print copies of Chambers thesaurus and dictionary – there’s no digital substitute).
A framed handmade card my brother-in-law gave me on the publication of my second novel.
A mess of papers, including the next AD Garrett novel, three-quarters complete.
Lists of things to do (many not done)
A photo of my father and two pals he served with in the 8th Army in WW2.
A paddock where rescue horses graze.
The sun setting volcanic red over the fields towards Heswall.

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

Tiger prawns, stir fried with ginger (fresh, grated), mixed sweet peppers, spring onions, crushed garlic, unsalted cashews blasted in the microwave for four minutes, a few spriglets of broccoli and angel hair rice noodles. Finished with a dollop of crème fraiche.

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

Dennis Lehane
Richard Montanari
Charlotte Bronte
Rosalind Franklin, whose X-ray diffraction photographs led to the discovery of the of DNA double-helix
Charles Darwin
Billy Joel
Margaret Atwood

Six things you can't live without ...

Pen and paper
Gardening
Tea
Chocolate (dark)
An occasional single malt whisky
Music (from baroque to rock)

Five favourite words ...

Resilience, kindness, courage, convivial, equanimity

Four places you'd run away to ...

The Trough of Bowland
The Pacific Coast of America
New Zealand – I’ve never really been, but I’d sure like to go (with apologies to James Taylor).
The Lake District

Three books you've bought recently ...

History of the Rain by Niall Williams
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

Two things that make you rant ...

I try to avoid ranting, it’s bad for the digestion, but since you asked: People who think we can go on ravaging our planet and not expect to face the consequences.
Female inequality.

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

That boy on the motorbike is Bad News.