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Susi Holliday

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Contact: susi@sjiholliday.com
Local authority: East Lothian
Languages: English
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I have written eleven crime novels, within the sub-genres of psychological thriller and detective fiction, some of which have elements of the supernatural and a smattering of sci-fi/tech. I have travelled extensively, and this is reflected in my novel - Violet – which is set on the Trans-Siberian Railway and is currently in development for film. I’ve also written a paranormal novella and lots of short stories.

I’ve taught creative writing in male prisons and at crime festival workshops in the UK. I’ve given solo, joint and panel talks at libraries and many festivals in the UK and abroad. I work alongside three other female crime writers as a writing coach, providing help and support to new and established authors, and I’m on the organising committee of a crime writing festival.

The topics of my books range from small town domestic crimes, to serial killers, cults, toxic friendships and the perils of modern technologies. I’m happy to talk about all aspects of the writing, research and publishing process and I very much enjoy encouraging people to read more and to persevere with their own writing.

I grew up in my family pub, then studied Microbiology and Statistics at Abertay Dundee and Napier Edinburgh, and have worked for over 22 years in clinical research – somehow still juggling that with writing.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Prisoners & young offenders

Topics of work

Adventure; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Horror; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published; Science

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+