Anna Smith is an award-winning journalist who spent a lifetime in daily newspapers, reporting from the front line all over the world, and who has been the first on the scene in many world shaking events. She now writes full time, using her vast experience as a journalist to create the hugely popular series featuring Rosie Gilmour, a gritty Glasgow journalist who tears down the walls of corruption and will stop at nothing to get her story.
Today, as part of her blog tour for the latest Rosie Gilmour release Kill Me Twice, Anna is taking on the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge.
LOC: Kill Me Twice is the latest novel in your series featuring Rosie Gilmour, What can you tell us about it?
AS: Rosie tears down the wall of lies, from showbiz to Westminster.
LOC: How would you sum up Rosie to someone new to your writing?
AS: Rosie’s a gritty, tough frontline journalist with a shade of vulnerability.
LOC: How would you describe your writing process?
AS: I become wrapped up in Rosie’s life, I forget the real world!
LOC: What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?
AS: If you believe in your story and characters, someone else will.
LOC: Any tips for aspiring authors?
AS: Finish what you started, and keep writing. Have faith.
LOC: Describe your perfect day
AS: Morning walk on a sunny in Spain or Ireland, writing in the afternoons.
LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
AS: The Burning Room, Michael Connelly
AS. Been so busy this year, I’m still not finished it. But it’s brilliant!
and finally just for laughs……
LOC: Thanks to author David Mark you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only, a wagon wheel, your teenage diaries and a human foot. What do you do?
AS: Read diary: ‘I knew the road trip had gone wrong when I woke up next to a severed foot.’
A beautiful model’s death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour’s darkest case to date.
When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn’t jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell – alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that’s not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets…
Back in Glasgow, Rosie’s research into Bella’s life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella’s early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she’s dead.
As Rosie’s drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she’s about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment…