Leigh RussellLeigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling crime series featuring police detectives Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson, which are currently in production for television. She also writes the mystery series featuring investigative reporter Lucy Hall.Here’s what Leigh has to say about her writing experience:

From the moment I learned to read, writers drew me into their imaginary worlds. Never Never Land, Narnia, Wonderland, Treasure Island, Middle Earth, they were all so much more exciting than the world around me. ‘One last chapter, just one more,’ I’d beg every night when my parents told me to go to sleep. ‘I can’t stop now.’

Hooked on reading, I studied literature at university, and spent four years immersed in books. After that, I had a number of different jobs before becoming a teacher, a career that enabled me to share my enthusiasm for books with teenagers. Once again, I was spending most of my working week reading and discussing books.

Despite reading so many books, for many years it never crossed my mind to attempt to write one myself. So you might wonder how I became a published author. F Scott FitzGerald’s words describe my experience very neatly. “You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” There I was, happily reading other people’s books, with no plans to write my own, when the idea for a story popped into my mind. That moment changed my life.

Intrigued by a fictitious killer who had arrived, unbidden, to lurk in my imagination, I began to write his story. Having started, I could not stop. That story, Cut Short, was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award, and went on to become the first in a long running series.

I now have three series to my name. My original detective inspector, Geraldine Steel, features in an ongoing series. Her sergeant, Ian Peterson, has his own spin off series as a detective inspector. My third series is a new departure for me as Lucy Hall does not work for the police, although she also investigates murders.

In the years that have passed since Cut Short was published, I’ve rarely managed to go a day without writing. What surprises me now, is that I didn’t discover my passion for writing sooner. It’s late, so I’m off to type one last chapter before I go to sleep… just one more… I can’t stop now…


Leigh Russell reads from her first murder mystery, Cut Short

Leigh Russell reads from
Road Closed

Leigh Russell reads from
Dead End

Leigh Russell reads from
Cold Sacrifice




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