Interview with Crime Writer Fiona Barton: S. 8, Ep. 1 — Debbi Mack

Well, it’s interesting, because when I started writing The Widow, my first book, I didn’t have a reporter in it. It was about a marriage with secrets.

About the latest book: She’s one of these women who she knew where she was going. She knew what she was gonna do, driven, didn’t want a family, all about the job. And that was brilliant until her life imploded.

So I wasn’t specializing in politics or health, or it was human interest stories. … crime and all sorts of things really, but it was a lot of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Some bad, most bad, and some good, you know. Sometimes there are happy stories. Thank God.

When you go to reader events, I’m always struck and slightly in awe of what they have taken from my books. You know, I mean, I’m not, you know, this isn’t Tolstoy, so there aren’t, you know, great, grand themes and whatever, but they’re interested in such different fits of it.

I love it when somebody absolutely, you know, turns you on your head, because you think you’ve read quite a lot and you’ve seen how people do things and then somebody like Hilary Mantel comes along and just does something completely different. I loved it, absolutely loved it.

I think we got a bit too excited about the platforms and forgot about the quality of the content to be honest, but I do think that’s coming back, that’s coming back. You know, journalism lives on and, and will always, in some form or another.



New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website:

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