Val McDermid won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for The Mermaids Singing (1995).
Her latest novel released in the US is Fever of the Bone.
From her Q & A with Boyd Tonkin at the Independent:
Choose a favourite writer and say why you like her/himRead the complete Q & A.
Peter Temple. He's one of the select band of crime writers who does it so well that he sets the bar really high. He puts us all on our mettle. The fact that he won the Miles Franklin Award [in Australia] should put an end the "Is it proper literature?" argument abourt crime fiction.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
My answer to that for some reason causes mirth: James Bond. The easy swagger, the success with women, the ability to juggle different tasks. I mean the Sean Connery Bond, of course – with the accent.
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Who is your hero/ heroine from outside literature?
I adored, and still miss, my Dad. He was a working-class guy who loved football and his family, and was the life and soul of the party. He was a good man, who encouraged me to be the best I could be.
Learn about McDermid's literary influences.