Criminally Good: Interview with author Caroline Mitchell

cm1) So, who are you & what have you written?

A former police detective, I’ve worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. I now write full time.
I’ve written Paranormal Intruder, Don’t Turn Around, Time to Die and The Silent Twin. My first psychological thriller, Witness is on pre order and due for release on 20th December. My new DS Ruby Preston crime thriller series is based in Hackney, London and due for release very soon. As you can see, I’ve been busy! Here’s my AMAZON PAGE, plus you can check out my website, HERE. Follow me on Twitter as @Caroline_Writes and/or LIKE my Facebook page.

2) Why do you write crime fiction?

They say write what you know, and after nine years in the police I’m no stranger to crime. I have worked in many departments during my role as a detective constable. Writing about crime has been very therapeutic, a way of dealing with the more negative aspects of the job.

the-silent-twin-final3) What informs your crime writing?

Personal experiences. I focus very much on characters in my books. Obviously I can’t write about real life experiences, but I am well informed on certain situations and the type of people you are likely to come up against. I’m very interested in psychology too and spend a lot of time researching the subject. I particularly enjoy writing about serial killers, and in most of my novels you are introduced to the killer and their personal motivations very early on.

4) What’s your usual writing routine?

Life has changed immensely since leaving the police. Working full time in such a demanding role and writing to tight deadlines was tough. Now, I get up at seven thirty, get the kids out to school, and spend the next few hours writing. I have a very short attention span so I break up my day by answering emails and responding to social media. After I pick up the kids from school I spend a bit of time with family stuff, and spend most of my evening either plotting or writing. I’m very lucky because I love what I do.

5) Which crime book do you wish YOU’D written, and why?

Ooh that’s a tough question. I love Stephen King so anything by him. He may be the king of horror (no pun intended) but he’s also written some good crime novels too. Mr Mercedes is my favourite to date. It was very cleverly written so I’d gladly lay claim to that.

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