Delighted to be joined today by author Danielle Ramsay. I was lucky enough to meet Danielle in person recently at a meet up and she had me totally captivated when she was talking about her novels.
Danielle Ramsay is a proud Scot living in a small seaside town in the North-East of England. She first wanted to be a filmmaker and graduated with a 1st Class Honours Bachelor Degree in scriptwriting and media production. She then completed a Masters with Distinction and while undertaking a PhD she won a place on the reserve list for the Frank Knox scholarship for a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. However, after getting a top New York literary agency’s support for a psychological thriller she was writing set in New England where she had once worked, she gave up her ambition of an academic career and research at Harvard. The debut novel set in the States was never published and if it had been it would have been over 1000 pages long and too complicated to be commercially viable. So, she filed her debut novel away and started writing the first DI Jack Brady book – Broken Silence. After being shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2009 and then, 2010 for Broken Silence she began to write creatively full-time. She is the author of five DI Jack Brady crime novels, The Puppet Maker (2016), Blood Reckoning (2015), Blind Alley, (2014) Vanishing Point (2012) and Broken Silence (2010).
Her latest work, The Last Cut is released 1st June and features DS Harri Jacobs – a female cop who finds herself tracking down a serial killer who is altering his victims to look like her. However, the hunter soon becomes the hunted and Harri becomes the primary target of a killer who does not just want to murder her, he wants to kill for her.
An advocate against domestic violence for personal and political reasons, she is a patron for the charity SomeOne Cares which counsels survivors of childhood abuse, rape and domestic violence.
You can keep up to date with Danielle Ramsay and her books on the following sites:
Favourite book as a child?
“The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.”
Favourite book as a teenager?
“Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris.
C.Auguste Dupin who first appears in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841; a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and now recognised as the first detective story.
Favourite book to movie adaption?
“Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Mosley. It was adapted to the screen by Carl Franklin who both wrote and directed the film set in 1948 Los Angeles, starring Denzel Washington as the African American World War II verteran turned private investigator, Ezekile “Easy” Rawlins.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
It would depend on the time of day, so either strong black coffee and chocolate (I have a penchant for Easter eggs so love this time of year!) or chilled white wine and pretzels.
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
Martina Cole’s reaction to reading “The Puppet Maker”: ‘I absolutely loved THE PUPPET MAKER…totally fabulous.’ Martina Cole is the ‘queen of crime’ and one of my favourite authors and as such, pioneered the way in the early 90s for other women to write gritty, hard-hitting crime novels, and so, to have her read my book meant a great deal to me as a female writer.