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Interview with Leigh Russell

At the start of my writing career, I used pencils with replaceable leads. In those days I wrote everything longhand during the day and typed up my script in the evening. To begin with I was unable to compose on a keyboard, but at some point in my career I made the transition onto the keyboard and stopped handwriting. I type very fast and with eighteen books published in ten years, that would have been a lot of handwriting!

The feel of the paper is important to me, as is the way the paper is bound. I love writing in large notebooks with spacious A4 pages but they are not very practical and I usually carry a small notebook in my bag. The CWA (Crime Writers Association) produce some really nice ones, with beautifully smooth paper.

All my writing is done on an ipad and I have moved away from paper altogether, more for convenience than out of a desire to preserve trees. But with so many drafts of so many books, my transition has probably saved a small forest by now! I have two ipads and a keyboard that attaches to them by Bluetooth. I use them every day in my writing, and take at least one ipad with me wherever I go. I literally never leave the house without it.

leigh russell laptop

lr book coverI write a best selling crime fiction series featuring Detective Geraldine Steel, which has sold well over a million books so far. My debut, Cut Short, was published in 2009, and this year saw the publication of the tenth book in the series, Class Murder. There are a further six commissioned, and I’m hoping the series will run to twenty titles. I’ve also written a trilogy for Geraldine Steel’s Sergeant, Ian Peterson, another trilogy for a young investigative reporter which is set in foreign locations – The Seychelles, Paris and Rome. This year I also had a stand alone psychological thriller published, called The Adulterer’s Wife.


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