Today on my blog, I have the fantastic Clare Mackintosh. I'm lucky to know her, having met her several times at crime festivals and events.

As well as being an incredible author, she is a kind, generous person who once sat with me for twenty minutes, listening to me and offering advice that I will never forget. 

Her latest book, Hostage, is a masterclass in writing suspense, fear and emotion. I flew threw it. It was so cleverly written with scenes from passengers on the flight as well as the main character that came together in a way that was just genius.

Compelling storytelling with expertise plotting, you'll litearlly be in the air with Mina! The blurb is below if you want to know more... 

I asked Clare a few questions about books. Over to you, Clare. 

The book I am currently reading

The Village Green Bookshop, by Rachael Lucas. I met Rachael when we were both parent bloggers, back in 2008, both dreaming of writing novels. I love her books, which are currently providing me with much needed escapism.

The book that changed my life

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, which gave me a new perspective on loss. I was grieving for my son, who died as a baby, and although this novel cut a little close to the bone at times, it made me feel so much less alone. 

The book I give as a gift

I’ve lost count of how many copies of Life After Life I’ve bought. Kate Atkinson is such an incredible writer, and this is my favourite of hers. 

The last book I read for research 

Snowdonia Folk Tales, by Eric Madden. I’m writing a murder mystery set in a lakeside retreat in North Wales. There’s so much mythology surrounding the lakes and mountains, and I wanted to find inspiration in some of the old tales. 

The book that made me cry

I listened to Three Hours, by Rosamund Lupton, recently and had to pull the car over to the side of the road because I was so choked up. I love crime fiction which has an emotional pull, and this one is amazing.

The book that made me want to be an author

Probably The Famous Five series, or perhaps Just William - a series I loved and still have on my bookshelves. It seemed entirely possible, as I read those books, that I could be a writer,  yet by the time I reached my late teens and beyond, the dream seemed unreachable. 

The book of mine I’d like to be remembered for 

I haven’t written it yet. My best book is always the one I’m about to write, and I’m learning all the time. I feel as though I’ve only just scratched the surface of what I want to say and how I want to say it, so I’m hopeful my books will get better and better! 

The book I last read.

I can’t tell you that, because I didn’t enjoy it. I’d hate to hear from another author that they didn’t enjoy one of my books, so I only ever talk about the books I’ve loved. 

Thank you so much, Clare!

You can find out more about Clare and her books here:
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Or you can check out the new book, Hostage, below! 

Giveaway time!

I have a hardback copy of Clare's book to giveaway to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave a comment below, saying pick me.

This competition will be open to anyone who leaves a 'pick me' comment on Facebook and Twitter where I will be sharing this post, or from this blog below.

It will run until midnight on Saturday 31st June and I will add the winner's name to the bottom of this post on Sunday 1st August. Good luck, everyone! 

And the winner is... 

Sonya Maidstone. Congratulations, Sonya! 

You can save hundreds of lives.
Or the one that matters most . . .

The atmosphere on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class, and the world is watching the landmark journey.

Flight attendant Mina is trying to focus on the passengers, instead of her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home - or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.

But soon after the plane takes off, Mina receives a chilling anonymous note. Someone wants to make sure the plane never reaches its destination. They're demanding her cooperation . . . and they know exactly how to get it.

It's twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .

In Conversation with Clare Mackintosh