Val McDermid has published 18 crime novels and eight other books. She won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for The Mermaids Singing (1995).
From her Q & A with Anna Metcalfe at the Financial Times:
Which literary character resembles you?Read the complete Q & A.
James Bond, for his elegance, suavity, fast cars and success with women.
Who are your literary influences?
RL Stevenson. I read Treasure Island in comic form when I was quite young and was captivated. I absorbed a lot about storytelling and structure. Also Margaret Atwood, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler.
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