Val is doing a Guardian Webchat

Val McDermid webchat – post your questions now

Post your questions for Val McDermid Now!

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is a leading light of “tartan noir”, though she spent many years living in England and one of her best known characters – the kick-boxing private investigator Kate Brannigan – is from Manchester.

Asked what she meant by tartan noir, the Fife-born, Edinburgh based writer has described it as a tradition started by William McIlvanney’s 1977 novel Laidlaw: “[It] encompasses a wide range of work, from apparent rural douceness to raw urban savagery. But it seems to me that all of us who write from that Scottish sensibility have common underpinnings that draw us together and distinguish us from our English, Welsh and Irish colleagues.”

She is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat at 1pm on Wednesday 25 March. Post your questions in the comments below about anything in her life or career, and she’ll try and answer as many as possible.

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Win a signed copy of The Skeleton Road

Harrogate International Crime Writing Festival are running a competition…

Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid is a Number One bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 11 million worldwide. She has written 27 bestselling crime novels and has also published a retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and an exploration of forensic science, Forensics: An Anatomy of Crime. Val will be in coversation with the brilliant Sara Paretsky. We can’t wait to see this perfect pairing on stage together!

To celebrate Val’s appearance at this year’s festival we have a fantastic competition running.  To be in with the chance of winning an signed advance paperback copy of Val’s The Skeleton Road answer this question:

What year was Val’s first book published?

Please send your answers to by the 6th March. Standard Terms & Conditions apply.

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