Philippa East, author of 'Safe and Sound' - CWA New Blood Dagger nominee talks about being inspired by work, learning the craft, and the doubt demon

Philippa East's debut, 'Little White Lies', was nominated for a CWA New Blood Dagger Award in 2020, one of the highest prizes in crime fiction.


She works as a clinical psychologist, using inspiration from her work to write thrillers. Her new one, 'Safe and Sound', was inspired by a documentary she saw. It tells the story of Sarah Jones - pretty, charismatic, and full of life, who is found dead in her home. The strange thing is... she's been lying there for 10 months.


We talk about what she did after having the first idea, how did she turn a true story from a documentary into her own novel, also how the names in the novel really matter, and how she finally knew the novel was done.


Philippa is big into learning the craft. She vociferously reads writing books, talks to other authors and listens to this show. We chat about how consciously she makes the improvements that she learns about along the way.


You can support the show at patreon.com/writersroutine


@writerspod

writersroutine.com


See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

More from Writer's Routine

  1. 45:10Mary Adkins, author of 'Palm Beach' - Writing coach talks about playing for work, selling rights, and switching to editing modeJul 01, 2022
  2. 46:26Colette Dartford, author of 'The Mortification of Grace Wheeler' - Kindle bestseller talks about quiet spaces, character summaries, and self-publishingJun 16, 2022
  3. 49:36Janice Hallett, author of 'The Appeal' - Sunday Times Bestseller discusses unique story structure, figuring out the murderer, and the moment of successJun 09, 2022
  4. 46:14Mark Ellis, author of 'Dead in the Water' - Crime writer discusses huge first drafts, long-term character planning, and crime during the warJun 02, 2022
  5. 41:53Jessica Payne, author of 'Make Me Disappear' - Psychological thriller writer discusses switching genre, balancing a busy work-life, and her determination to get publishedMay 27, 2022
  6. 46:40Scott Kershaw, author of 'The Game' - Debut writer discusses his journey to being published, writing anywhere, and how agents helpMay 19, 2022
  7. 47:21Dervla McTiernan, author of 'The Murder Rule' - Lawyer turned bestseller talks about thorough planning, growing as a writer, and editing tricksMay 13, 2022
  8. 48:57Joanna Cannon, author of 'A Tidy Ending' - Sunday Times Bestseller discusses very early mornings, writing on the move and why myths hold you backApr 28, 2022
  9. 32:25Gracie Hart, author of 'The Baker's Girl' - Saga novelist talks about being a proud Northerner, perfect drafts and writing fiction in history Apr 21, 2022
  10. 40:40 Laure Van Rensburg, author of 'Nothing But Us' - Thriller writer discusses learning to plot, writing around work, and writing what you don't knowApr 14, 2022