You’ll have seen Alanna’s new book, The Darkness Within
, is on the CRA website as Read of the Month, but I thought I’d share a little more about this remarkable author.
Since her first award-winning romantic suspense Legend of the Loch published in 1968, The Darkness Within
this is her seventy-fifth publication (fifty crime novels, plus a list of historicals, non fiction, short stories and plays). Alanna joined the CWA in 1972 and is an original member of SCWA Chapter, Bloody Scotland and Femmes Fatales (with Lin Anderson and Alex Gray). Alanna, unsurprisingly given her prolific output, confesses to being a workaholic, with one historic crime novel delivered each year – meaning a daily dose of a minimum 1,000 words. Inspired by living on the slopes of Edinburgh's extinct volcano, Alanna loves plots and puzzles, and is consoled between books by crosswords, Sudoku and jigsaws, not to mention reading biographies and vast historical novels.
The Darkness Within
is set in Orkney, and for the first time ever features both Inspector Faro and daughter Rose McQuinn, instead of their individual Victorian historic crime series.
Alanna was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to literature.