Q&A with Clare Mackintosh Author of I Let You Go, I See You, and released this year Let me Lie(03/13/2018) @claremackintosh


  • 1. What author do you love that you feel had the biggest effect on you?
  • I love Sophie Hannah’s books. They were the first crime novels I’d read that weren’t just police procedure, they drilled down into the minds of the people involved. I found the approach so much more compelling, and Sophie’s work definitely had an influence on my own.
  • 2. After being a police officer for 12 years what made you leave that and turn to writing?
  • I wasn’t spending enough time with my children, and work was making me stressed and bad- tempered at home – my priorities suddenly felt wrong, so I took a career break. I still needed to earn money, and the only thing I knew how to do was write, so that’s what I did. I threw myself into freelance journalism, and copywriting for businesses, and then I wrote my first novel.
  • 3. What would your children say you are best known for?
  • Books. They tell me it’s very embarrassing when I’m in the papers or on the radio, but according to their teachers and friends they’re secretly quite proud.
  • 4. What secret talent do you have that others may not know about?
  • I have a good singing voice. I love show tunes and can belt out a pretty good Liza Minnelli number.
  • 5. You’ve had some unbearable personal tragedy in your life. Do you feel that has affected your writing? Do you think writing helps you in any way?
  • I write a lot about grief. I explored the loss of a child in I LET YOU GO, and now the loss of a parent in LET ME LIE. It’s undoubtedly cathartic, but it can be painful too. There are some scenes I won’t tackle until I’m on my own in a hotel room, and I know I won’t be disturbed.
  • 6. If there‘s one subject you would never write about or feel most uncomfortablewriting, what would that be?
  • I don’t shy away from many topics, but it’s unlikely that I would write a book about the sexual abuse of children. It’s less about feeling ‘uncomfortable’ and more about not wanting to spend a year of my life in the heads of abusers and child abuse victims. They aren’t stories I want to read, either, and I feel strongly that a writer should write what they enjoy reading.
  • 7. If you woke up with a superpower of your choice, what would it be, and why?
  • Invisibility. Every writer is a people-watcher, and being invisible would make it SO much easier
  • 8. Which of your books is your favorite and why?
  • That’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! I like all my books for different reasons. I like I LET YOU GO because it’s my most personal book, and because I’m incredibly proud of the twist. I like I SEE YOU because it’s such a simple hook, yet such a universal one. But I think LET ME LIE is the best. So far…
  • 9. Can you give your fans a little hint about what you are working on now and what can we expect from you in the future?
  • No, sorry! I’m about halfway through the first draft of a new book, but it’s too early to say much about it. All I can promise you is that my books will always focus on ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations, because that’s what I find most fascinating to write.
  • See our Mystery/Thriller page for reviews of Clare Mackintosh’s books
  • To purchase and of her three wonderful books click here

A Huge Thank You to Clare Mackintosh for taking the time to answer our questions and be a part of our blog!!!


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