- This is what the blurb for my first book will say:
- Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector. She is currently the Director of the Crime Writers’ Association. THE FALL is her first novel.
- I think that makes me sound either like the kind of country-bumpkin rube who’d drink from the fingerbowl in 80s restaurants, or a charmingly fresh ingenue to the literary scene. Take your pick.
- I was indeed born in a small village in Ireland, at the tail-end of 1981, which means I’m 31 this year (still get IDed in pubs though) (or older if I forget to update this bit and you’re reading in the future). After spells in exciting places like France, Oxford, China, and Kentish Town, I now live in Tunbridge Wells where I try to pretend I’m not midde-class by laughing at the middle-class things I overhear and putting them on Twitter.
- I’m represented by Oliver Munson at Blake Friedmann. My first book THE FALL was published by Headline Books in 2012 and The Lost is out in April 2013. Please drop me a line on here or on Twitter – like many writers, I’ll do anything for a distraction. And I always write back!
You can get signed first edition hardbacks of my books from No Alibis in Belfast and Goldsboro Books in London.