Having published her first novel in 1998, Elly has since published over 30 books for both adults and children. She is best known for her Dr Ruth Galloway series. The Lantern Men is the seventh of her novels to be shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Novel of the Year award.
What’s your favourite tipple for enjoying with a book?
Theakston Old Peculier (of course) or cold white wine.
Where are you most likely to have that creative “eureka” moment?
Swimming. I try to swim in the sea most days. Someone once told me that you are more likely to have creative ideas when your feet are off the ground but I think it might be more to do with the shock of the cold.
If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?
Bertie Wooster. I’d love to have a valet.
What’s the most “Peculier” situation you’ve found yourself in while researching a story?
I once ended up in a tunnel underneath Jarrolds bookshop in Norwich. And I only popped in to buy a book…
Do you think you have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?
No, I’m far too talkative. I wouldn’t be able to resist telling people about my brilliant idea.
What would make you a better author but a worse person?
Ruthlessness. But, then, I am quite attached to Ruth…
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