A grand day out!

A grand day out!

  • Posted On: 9 September 2017

The first time I visited the Muker Show was in 2005. My first novel had just been published and I remember the excitement of seeing it on the shelves of Ottakar's bookshop and being interviewed by the Northern Echo.  I also remember visiting the Sedbergh book festival that month and giving Reginald Hill a copy of 'Corpse Way' - he asked me to sign it 'To Reg'. I took a box of books to the Muker Show and shared a table in the history tent. On that occasion it poured with rain all day and often the weather has spoiled what is a lovely small, local show in a beautiful setting. It is small compared to other shows in the Dales but it has all the important components, including the produce tent, the Muker band playing, sheep dog trials and the all-important fell race. This year the weather was perfect and the show was well-attended; I signed my books and met some of my readers. Twelve years and seven books later it is lovely to chat about Mills and the series and answer the usual question of when they might expect to see the next one in the shops.


Where do you get your inspiration?

Where do you get your inspiration?

  • Posted On: 18 August 2017
I am often asked by readers where I get my ideas from. The internet is a wonderfully random way to get ideas, particularly local news and social media. For example, as I was beginning my last book I knew that it would be based at a posh boarding school and that there would be a school production of Hamlet. I was on twitter and offered my 1,000th follower the opportunity to be named in the book. A certain Jo Rhodes came along and it turned out she was an expert in medicinal plants – and...

How’s the new book coming along?

How’s the new book coming along?

  • Posted On: 28 July 2017
Why do I feel so guilty when asked when the next book is going to be published? If a reader asks, then it is because they are waiting eagerly to find out what Mills is up to, which should be a good feeling, but in my head I can hear the unsaid follow-up ‘Well why aren’t you getting on with it then?’ I am not a full-time writer – but then, who is? Most of us have day jobs, like the lady in the local paper last week who has twelve novels published but still works in the...

It’s good to talk!

It’s good to talk!

  • Posted On: 28 June 2017
This is the time of the year when groups such as the U3A or WI begin to organise their speakers for the following year and I am contacted to confirm dates that are, in some cases, over twelve months away. It is a serious obligation and I would never dare ask to postpone after such a long term commitment. This year I have been talking to groups up to 50 miles away, sometimes in the daytime but often in the evening. In the summer it is pleasant to visit one of the villages in the Dales to meet...