First Monday Crime Spotlight: Erin Kelly Q&A

Hello fellow crime lovers,

It’s nearly time for the monthly First Monday Crime event run by Goldsboro Books, and I get to share my first First Monday Q&A with one of the panelists, Erin Kelly. You can catch that further down in the post.

Here’s all of the information on website for the panelists for the forthcoming First Monday Crime event taking place on March 6th:

The brilliant Erin Kelly will be telling us all about her belter of a novel He Said/She Said and then former RSPCA officer Daniel Cole – who has well and truly let the dogs out with Ragdoll, a novel so enticing it’s being published in 35 countries – will be revealing all. Did we mention the wonderful Julia Crouch and her chilling new novel: Her Husband’s Lover? She’ll be with us and you won’t want to miss her, nor MJ Arlidge who will be in one of our hot seats, talking about Hide and Seek – the sixth in the awesome DI Helen Grace series. It’s going to be a tough job to keep that lot in line but Barry Forshaw – aka “Mister Noir” – will be making sure our fabulous four sparkle and entertain.

First Monday Crime will be taking place in Browns – The Judges Court (82-84 St Martins Lane London, WC2n 4AG United Kingdom) from 6.30-7.30pm.

Buy your First Monday Crime tickets by clicking HERE!

About Erin Kelly (via author website):

I am the author of the critically acclaimed psychological thrillers The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose and The Burning Air. In 2013, The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama starring MyAnna Buring, Matthew Goode and Ophelia Lovibond. It was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011, and was longlisted for the 2011 CWA John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award. The novel has been translated into eleven languages.

I was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. I read English at Warwick University and have been working as a journalist since 1998, writing for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and The Mirror, and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire and Elle. I continue to write about health, lifestyle, women’s issues and parenting.

I live in north London with my husband and daughters.

About He Said/ She Said:


In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

Out in April, click HERE to pre-order your copy!

Q & A with Erin Kelly

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in London with my husband and two daughters. After I left university I was a journalist for years, writing for women’s magazines. I’ve been writing fiction for a decade now and I also teach creative writing.


How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

I can’t remember a time I didn’t know this would be my career. I never had a plan B. Being a journalist helped as I was used to earning my living from words.


Where do you get your inspiration from?

If you need to ask, you wouldn’t understand.


How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your books?

I’ve written six psychological thrillers, and also wrote the novelization of Broadchurch. They’re quite literary and gothic. I love stories about long-buried past incidents that come back and haunt people just when they think they’ve got away with it. My biggest influences are Daphne du Maurier, Barbara Vine, and Patricia Highsmith.


Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?

Up to a point, but you have to be careful not to spend too much time online. It fries your brain.  


What’s your favourite thing about being an author?

The work. I genuinely love spending hours on my own in my imagination.


What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

The RSI. Seven hours a day at a desk is not good for you.


Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

I’d like to keep writing books I’m proud of, and maybe branch into screenwriting too.


What’s next for you?

I’m writing another psychological thriller, about a Victorian asylum.


I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?

Yes! I still read a couple of books a week; fiction in all genres, and I’m increasingly drawn to memoir and non-fiction. I get sent a lot of psychological thrillers but the more I write them, the less inclined I am to read them; it feels too much like work. My favourite recent books have been Instrumental by James Rhodes and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.


Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

It would be more like a top 100 but here are a few from that list: The Secret History by Donna Tartt, A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, On Beauty by Zadie Smith.


Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

All of the above!


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Slumped motionless in front of Netflix.


Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

I like to go running to clear my head.


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Favourite food?



Favourite drink?


Huge thanks to Erin Kelly for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂

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