lady investigator Rose McQuinn, and time-traveller Tam Eildor.
member of Scottish Association of Writers, member of Society of Authors and Crime Writers' Association, and Mystery People. She appears regularly at
Edinburgh International Book Festival and many other literary events.
Leigh: Your experience of writing spans four decades and over seventy publications. What advice would you give to aspiring and new authors writing today?
Leigh: You are an incredibly prolific writer with three historical crime series to your name, plus non-fiction books, and plays. Where do you find all your ideas?
Leigh: With so much writing, you still find time to teach, and attend events as a member of Femmes Fatales. Are you very organised, with a regular writing routine, and has technology changed the way you work at all?
I work to a strict routine, no coffee mornings while on that self-imposed deadline. 1,000 words minimum. Afternoons off, and in the evening if I’m not socialising or tempted by TV a bit of editing and notes for next morning. (But it’s not all work and no play. I find walking and a weekly art group very pleasant relaxations.)
Leigh: Has writing become easier with experience?
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.