village with her partner, a former murder detective.
Mari became a writer after her career as a Probation Officer was cut short following an assault on duty. She began using a computer because it was too painful to write with a pen. Ironically, the idea that she might one day become a writer then began to form in her head. She tried different forms of writing before settling on prose, and spent several years scriptwriting. She then turned her attention to the BBC, pitching a television serial based on characters in her then unfinished debut crime novel The Murder Wall. After completing the TV script, she went back to the book she had started years before but somehow never thought she’d finish.
historical crime. Have you ever considered taking a trip into history? Or in any direction which doesn’t involve Kate Daniels and her supporting cast?
Mari: Not really, although I used to amuse myself writing as a child. There must have been something in the
water in the eighties and nineties because there was a big explosion of new and exciting crime writers. Someone gave me Michael Connelly’s debut The Black Echo shortly after it was published. I loved it and was hooked. That sent me off on a hunt for other crime writers: Ian Rankin, Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid. So I was a reader first. When an assault on duty ended my career in the Probation Service, I began to amuse myself making stuff up. I caught the bug. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
forces in the country. I set books in the wilderness, in the inner city, or a combination of the two. These locations give the novels a different feel. I also play around with the kind of book I write. Sometimes I feature one case, sometimes multiples incidents merging together. The majority of my readers seem to like that. I wouldn’t be
doing them justice if I wrote the same book over and over. I also have to keep an eye on the story arc of my
characters, how they are changing and shifting through the series.