From the Booking Desk:

Unfortunately, I have not yet met Sarah Hilary in person, but she and I communicate via social media quite regularly. We share a very similar taste-level on everything from books and television shows to the hottest hunky celebrities (both real and imagined)! Her Marnie Rome novels remain one of my favorite crime fiction series – and I encourage everyone, especially those in the States to make the effort to seek them out; you won’t be sorry. Based on these composite sketch answers, I have a feeling Sarah will generate many new fans. So, let’s get to it!

Name: Sarah Hilary
Location: Bath, UK

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

My grandmother remains my chief inspiration. Had she lived to see my first book published, she’d have whooped the loudest. She survived a PoW camp as a young mother, emerging with her humour and optimism intact. She was the first woman to wear the new-style Christian Dior in North Wales. Fiercely loyal, smart, mischievous and wonderful fun to be with — she taught me so much about survival, stamina and storytelling.

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

Mick Herron. For years he stuck at it, turning out brilliant books that somehow didn’t get a fraction of the recognition they deserve. He’s tirelessly generous, good-humoured and industrious. Now it’s Mick’s Time, and thank goodness for it. The ‘overnight’ success he’s enjoying fills me with hope for the state of publishing.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

Milo Sturgis from Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. With his skunk sideburns, desert boots and rat’s tail tie, he’s welcome to raid my fridge for a late-night snack any day of the week.

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):

Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. I was ostracised by my film club when I was sixteen for saying I thought he was adorable (but he is! It’s Norma who’s not). Since becoming part of the crime writing community one of my great joys has been discovering so many others who feel the same way about Norman.

My personal catch phase is (or should be):

‘Does it come in black?’