Short, Sharp Interview: Sarah Hilary Can you pitch SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN in 25 words or less?

SH: DI Marnie Rome is an expert at uncovering secrets, and at keeping them. Investigating a stabbing at a women’s refuge, she fights her demons head-on.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

SH: I loved The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes for its intricate character studies, and The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood for its humour and compassion. I’m a fan of horror films but they have to be really scary, which usually means a year of disappointments at the cinema. The Conjuring came closest to stopping my heart in 2013. Peaky Blinders was my TV show of the year – just amazingly good.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

SH: Yes I think so. We all started out as readers, after all. It was our first passion and we’re pretty good at it, I hope.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

SH: My earliest writing ambition was for TV or film, so yes, definitely.

Sarah-Hilary-Mon-21-web (2)PDB: How much research goes into each book?

SH: As much as I need to make the story credible, but not so much that it starts looking like non-fiction.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

SH: I like the companionship of Twitter. Writing is a lonely business but it needn’t be isolating.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

SH: Someone Else’s Skin comes out on 27 February in the UK, and I’m really looking forward to touring independent bookshops to promote it. I’ll be polishing Marnie Rome book two at the same time. And I’ll be at Crimefest and Harrogate as a published author for the first time, which is exciting and terrifying in equal measure.

Bio: Sarah Hilary’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin, will be published in the UK on 27 February 2014, and in the US in July 2014. A second book in the series will be published a year later. Set in London, both books feature DI Marnie Rome, a woman with a tragic past and a unique insight into domestic violence.

Find her on Twitter @sarah_hilary

Link to her news and stories at her blog,

Published by PaulDBrazill

A writer and teacher, from England and living in Poland. 'The Poundland Poe.' Books include The Last Laugh, Guns Of Brixton, and Gumshoe Blues. This/ That/ & The Other.

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