To celebrate #HerLastSecret going on sale, I’ve asked authors to share their secrets with me… Today it’s crime fiction queen LEIGH RUSSELL.

Leigh Russell has sold over a million crime fiction novels, and writes full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, and reached #1 on kindle. Leigh’s work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series are in development for television with major television production company Avalon Television.
Leigh writes the Lucy Hall mystery series published by Thomas and Mercer.
Find out more about Leigh on her website http://www.leighrussell.co.uk where news, reviews and interviews are posted, with a schedule of Leigh’s appearances. Contact Leigh via her website, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Secret writing ritual…

If I told you that, I’d have to kill you…

Secret writing snack…

Chocolate.

Secret celebration when you finish a WIP…

Although it feels like I ought to celebrate finishing a book, I usually feel completely flat and deflated after the excitement of writing, and mentally exhausted. That can rapidly slide into a feeling of hopelessness. The only cure for that is to start writing another book…

‘Guilty secret’ read…

Anything, as I always feel I should be writing.

‘Guilty secret’ tv programme…

We always seem to miss series when they come out. At the moment we are engrossed in watching the box set of Breaking Bad. But with four ridiculously busy people involved, it’s very difficult to find an evening when we’re all free to watch together.

Shared secret…

When I was small I had to wear glasses for a lazy eye. I’m still a bit lazy but you’d never guess!

Secret peek into your new WIP…

A brief extract from Geraldine Steel Number 10:

“Too many killers were caught because they attempted to destroy evidence. That was stupid, because forensic examination could detect microscopic traces of blood and DNA invisible outside of laboratory conditions. Far better to leave no clues.

Driving back to his lock up garage, he started to plan his next outing.”

Secret Santa… (If you could give a happy ending to any character who would it be, and what would you do?)

Geraldine Steel would find happiness with… and if you’re following the series, you can complete that sentence however you like!

THANKS FOR THOSE GREAT CONFESSIONS, LEIGH!

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Some secrets you can never tell.

Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids.

They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck.

They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit.

They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text.

But someone knows all their secrets.

Can the lies that bind them destroy them all?

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‘It really did make for some very emotional reading…There was a twist which totally rocked me.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

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