Stanley: Michael writes all the sex scenes...
Leigh: Tell us about your real life adventures, like being charged by an elephant.
Michael: Stanley used to rent a plane in South Africa, because he's a private pilot. We'd go game and bird watching. Once we were canoeing down the Zambezi. We had stopped for lunch once on a little island,
Michael: Deadly Harvest came out this month. The back story deals with the pervasive influence of witchcraft in Botswana, and specifically the use of body parts for black magic potions.
Leigh: Tell us about your protagonist. Is he based on anyone you know?
I ask if Kubu is ever going to travel outside Africa. Stanley gives an enigmatic smile as he says that anything's possible.
Leigh: I can't imagine writing with someone and it's been fascinating to hear about how you manage this so successfully?
Stanley: The most important thing is you have to trust each other. We say 50% of the sentences in the books have words from both of us, and that's not far off.
Michael: Each of our books explores a particular issue. A Carrion Death is about blood diamonds and greed for resources in South Africa. The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu is about the Zimbabwe Rhodesia war and its effect on the surrounding countries, Death of the Mantis looks at the plight of Bushmen of the Kalahari, and Deadly Harvest is about basic belief in black magic and the power of witch doctors.
Cut Short (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Leigh studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specializing in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex.