Guardian Interview with Val McDermid
Interview – The Sunday Times (Magazine Interview)

8 August 2021

Val McDermid
The prolific crime writer on Scottish autonomy, feisty characters and a good curry.

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Guardian Interview with Val McDermid
Interview – The Guardian

13 February 2021

Kate Kellaway
To Survive, you had to be twice as good as the guys
The Scottish crime writer on working in a newsroom in the 70s, coping with lockdown and the transformation of attitudes to gay couples in her home nation.

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Interview – The Scotsman

29 August 2020

Janet Christie
Interview: Val McDermid on Bloody Scotland, her latest novel and YouTube cooking
Queen of crime Val McDermid is wearing a bright Buddhist prayer flag T-shirt and sitting in front of a wall of books backdrop, in her case real. After a brush with covid she’s back at full strength as she prepares to headline the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival next month.

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Country Image Magazine
Celebrity Interview – Country Images Magazine

27 March 2020

Alistair Plant
Val McDermid talks to Alistair Plant from Country Images Magazine

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Val Mcdermid - Big Issue
Interview – The Big Issue

7 February 2018

Jane Graham
Val McDermid: “There were no lesbians in Fife in the 1960s”
Tartan noir queen Val McDermid on her love for her son, playing folk clubs with Billy Connolly – and experiencing profound heartbreak.

“At 16 I was preparing for my Oxford entrance exam. I was very driven. I pushed myself in everything. I played hockey for the 1st 11 in the East of Scotland. I played guitar and sang in folk clubs. I won debating prizes. Everything I did, I wanted to do really well.”

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Kendall & Cooper talk mysteries with Val McDermid…

(Published on 21 Nov 2017)

Graham Norton BBC Radio Two

23 September 2017

Val talks with Graham Norton about her latest novel Insidious Intent


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Val McDermid: ‘Even on a romantic holiday my thoughts turn to murrrder’; The Guardian, AUGUST 19, 2017

BY Katy Guest
The queen of crime on the new generation of writers, how the genre has changed in 30 years – and how she’s promised not to kill off Tony Hill and Carol Jordan
“I can’t actually think of a time in my adult life when we haven’t been living in troubled times, I think what we have now is a greater perception of the troubled times around us, and that’s partly because of … the 24/7 news cycle.”

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Val McDermid: ‘Left to our own devices, writers adopt the habits of a hermit crab’; The Guardian, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

The crime writer on bingeing on West Wing, taking time out on computer games and the joys of first-class train travel
“When I first became a full-time writer, I mostly had writing days. People seldom wanted to listen to me read, consult my opinion or watch me perform. But the combination of success and the proliferation of literary festivals and media platforms has profoundly altered the even tenor of my mostly isolated days.”

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Interview: Val McDermid is excited for her future novels; The Scotsman, AUGUST 22, 2016

Scotland’s most revered crime writer, Val McDermid, publishes her 30th novel this week – but she has no intention of stopping there, finds Susan Mansfield.
“Perhaps books are a bit like birthdays: you don’t really add up how many you’ve written until you hit a significant milestone. And then someone, your publisher, for example, reminds you that your next book will be your 30th. “It’s still quite astonishing to me,” says Val McDermid, who received an award at this year’s Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for her outstanding contribution to the genre.”

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Splinter the Silence, interview

Val Mcdermid – Splinter The Silence – The Miami Herald, JANUARY 6, 2016

Crime writer Val McDermid has never been the victim of cyberbullying, but she’s well aware of the effect it has, often on women…
“I’ve been lucky; I haven’t really been trolled at all, though I do have a public profile here in the UK that goes beyond writing,” says the author of 30 novels, who was born and lives in Scotland and has been compared to such crime royalty as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. “My son says it’s because I’m too scary. I’m not sure that’s what you want your child to say about you!”

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crime fiction is leftwing and thrillers are rightwingVal Mcdermid – The Guardian, 1 April 2015

Why crime fiction is leftwing and thrillers are rightwing…

Today’s crime novels are overtly critical of the status quo, while the thriller explores the danger of the world turned upside down. And with trust in politicians nonexistent, writers are being listened to as rarely before.

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JK Rowling (Robert Galbraith) in conversation with Val McDermid at Harrogate International Festival 2014

(1 December 2014)

Bestselling author Val McDermid takes part in ‘whereiwrite’

(28 June 2014)

Val Mcdermid Investigates The Finest Criminal Minds

The Big Issue
The Big Issue – Saturday 15 July 2013

Val McDermid discusses the crime fiction genre – ahead of chairing Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

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Online Interview (In German): Val Talks To Alexandra Plath

www.Droemer-Knaur.De – July 2013

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Profile Interview With Val

The Herald Scotland
The Herald Scotland – 15 September 2012

Val looks beyond The Vanishing Point

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My Secret Life: Val Mcdermid, 57, Author

The Independent Magazine
The Independent Magazine – Saturday 27 October 2012

‘I wanted to be Joni Mitchell’ – Things you might not know about Val…

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Val Talks To Savidge Reads

Savidge Reads
Savidge Reads – 01 March 2012

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Val McDermid for a good long coffee and catch up thanks to the joys of twitter and knowing she was in the vicinity…

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An Exclusive Interview

Harrogate International Festival
Harrogate International Festival – 16 November 2011

During the madness and mayhen that was the 2011 Festival, journalist Sonia Kilvington caught up with international bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, whose novels featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan have sold millions of copies worldwide.

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Niche Off The Leash – Val McDermid on progress in lesbian fiction

The Independent
The Oxford Times – 12 September 2010

A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be ‘commercial suicide’. Now, gay writers are mainstream. Here, Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall.

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