I began my writing career while carrying out forensic, archaeological, environmental and geological investigations at Imperial College, London, and I use that experience to inform the work of my protagonist, Dr Mills Sanderson, forensic archaeologist.
However, I now devote my time to my innovation company which recently received significant funding from the Government’s Industrial Innovation Strategy Fund to deploy a laser sampling tool on nuclear licensed sites. The aim is to make decommissioning of old nuclear power stations safer, cleaner, faster and more cost effective. It is therefore no coincidence there is a nuclear theme to my latest book. The crime scene is a fictional Royal Observer Corps bunker above Arkengarthdale, close to the “Tan Hill Inn”. It has remained closed for fifty years, or so Mills Sanderson believes, but when she begins an archaeological investigation of the site it quickly goes wrong.
There were over 1500 Royal Observer Corps bunkers constructed during the Cold War and their history is fascinating. It is part of the fun of writing my crime novels to research the background, whether it concerns a novel forensic method or archaeological technique. In the plot of “Stone Tomb” the bunker plays a significant part so it was fortunate there is plenty of material available on the underground posts so I could ensure I got my facts right.
“Stone Tomb”, the ninth book in the “Yorkshire Dales Mystery” Series, will be published by Viridian Publishing on 31st July.
Susan will be signing copies at Tennant’s Craft & Gift Fair on 4th & 5th August and at Berry’s Farm Shop on 12th August.