For the last day of the A to Z Challenge, I am speaking with CoZy mystery author, Gillian Larkin, all the way from England!
Gillian is the author of the Storage Ghost Mystery series, Second Hand Ghosts, and Julia Blake Cozy Mystery series.
My first question for you is:
Have any other authors influenced your writing besides Agatha Christie?
I love Terry Pratchett books [he wrote fantasy novels] and the worlds that he has created. I also like Stephen King, but I have to limit myself as his writing is so vivid that his books often give me nightmares!
I thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games, but my favorite book of all time so far has to be The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. [it takes place in Nazi Germany 1939; about a young girl who steals books] It’s such an amazing read!
Since your books all have ghost characters in them, have you had any ghostly experiences yourself?
I sometimes spot things moving out of the corner of my eye, but when I look there’s nothing there.
I once went to a museum in Leeds [England] which used to be an asylum and a workhouse. It is reported to be haunted, but I didn’t know that at the time. As soon as I walked in I felt uneasy. I felt my back going cold as if someone was watching me. I have never been back to that museum!
Do you have a favorite ghostly character in a novel, Gillian?
My favorite ghost story is A Christmas Carol—the ghost of Christmas Present is the most fun!
I do like supernatural TV shows like the Ghost Whisperer and Medium. I think you can see their influence in my writing. I’m interested in things that can’t be easily explained.
In the Julia Blake cozies, why is your 4th book written in the third person rather than the first person like the first 3?
I chose to write in the third person after reading a lot of books in the cozy genre. It seems to be how the majority of writers work. But I still like to write from the main character’s point of view, only so that the reader gets the same information that the sleuth does.
What was the impetus behind your career as an author, and what else do you enjoy doing?
I have always loved writing and I started writing children’s books about twenty years ago. I was ready Agatha Christie at a young age and became fascinated with the clues and red herrings that she’s put in.
I never thought I’d be capable of writing a murder mystery myself. Then, one day, I decided to give it a go! I had such fun working out how to hide the murderer!
When I’m not writing my mysteries, I’ll be reading mysteries from other authors, or watching the wonderful Murder She Wrote (again)!!
Thank you so much for visiting with me “across the pond” Gillian! Best of luck in the future!
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