There is one word for Cariona McPherson: audacious — and I mean that in the very best of ways. She is outspoken, funny, charismatic, and engaging. Her extra short, neon blonde hair frames a contagious smile. Her writing is witty and atmospheric — whether 1920’s Scotland or modern day England. But there is a shy, sweet side to this wise-cracking firecracker, too. In my interview she was charmingly nervous and more centered on her characters than her plot. It shows just how deeply she cares about the people she writes about, and people in general.
Today, two lucky commenters will win one of Cariona’s two books: her historical, Dandy Gilver, an Unsuitable Day for Murder (now optioned to be a BBC series!), and As She Left It, her contemporary, due out on June 1st. Just remember to leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing!
Great news since filming, Cariona actually WON the Agatha! That shouldn’t be surprising, she won the Macavity for her first Dandy Gilver book last year. I have her Agatha acceptance speech right here, and it’s one of the best I’ve ever heard. You won’t be able to stop smiling, I promise.
So tell us whether you prefer historical mysteries or contemporaries? Witty understated writing, or dark, atmospheric, and gritty? Or maybe both? Leave your comment below and you might win one of Catriona’s books. Oh! And let us know which one you’d prefer, since there are two drawings this week. (Best way to find comments is to click on the title of this interview or the little balloon at the top)
Her humorous paranormal short story, One Scareful Owner, will be out in August, in the Strangely Funny Anthology.
XO from Diana, Cariona, and Dandy Gilver.