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Penny Grubb

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Penny is a scientist and academic (Health Informatics), and was Chair of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society , the largest writers’ organisation in the world, for six years to 2013.
A writer all her life, she penned her first story at age 4 and won her first writing competition at age 9. In 2004 she received an international award, the Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger.
She has worked in a variety of jobs, having been on the inside of pathology labs, operating theatres and medical schools across Europe.
Working full time with one job in London, the other in Hull, in her spare time Penny writes crime novels and occasional articles for newspapers and magazines.

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Penny Grubb edit at 12/12/16: Only now it occurs to me how quickly an answer like this goes out of date. My most recent book is now the next but two after the one…moreedit at 12/12/16: Only now it occurs to me how quickly an answer like this goes out of date. My most recent book is now the next but two after the one I listed, and that won't be top of the pile for long as the next one is underway. Hey ho. Currently it's police procedural, Tiger Blood - sort of second in series from Buried Deep which was the one that followed Where There's Smoke. Complicated business keeping up sometimes.

My most recent book that’s actually out there is Where There’s Smoke (due out in paperback soon). It’s a standalone whodunit, but it’s also the 4th in a series. The germ of the idea came when I wrote the 1st, Like False Money, but I had no confidence in my ability to write about it. There is one oblique reference in Like False Money where the main character, Annie, has a stray thought about one day going head to head with one of the sleazier secondary characters. It took 4 books to get there.

The idea for Like False Money grew out of an overheard conversation in a village shop. Two elderly men were talking about funds being raised to buy new gates for the church. Innocuous enough, but for some reason I began to imagine the older of the two going home one night, on his own, slightly nervy about the dark and the isolation; of his relief at getting safely inside. And then... cue sinister music... There’s almost nothing of that incident in the book itself but it’s possible to see the strand running through it once you know it’s there.

Back to the question, my most recent book as in the next one due out (I’m awaiting a publication date) grew from two distinct strands; one was from reading some psychological research into the way people’s minds can be twisted by trauma inflicted by others; the second was simple curiosity about what would happen if a private investigator blundered unwittingly into the middle of a police enquiry.

And my most recent book as in the one I’m in the middle of writing comes directly from a love of intricate puzzles. 10,000 words of back story gave me the foundation from which to start. The book begins in a place that shows almost none of the real story, just the frayed edges and fall-out from crimes that people have tried to hide – the bits and pieces from which real investigations have to start.

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Penny Grubb I’ve always been sceptical about writer’s block. Of course there are times when it’s hard to write. There’s a deadline looming, I’m not in the mood,…moreI’ve always been sceptical about writer’s block. Of course there are times when it’s hard to write. There’s a deadline looming, I’m not in the mood, it’s lovely and sunny outside, I’d rather go and do something else, my mind’s just not on the thing I’m supposed to be writing. But when it comes down to it, if I’m a writer then I write. Most of the time I love to write, occasionally it’s hard, but I’m a writer so I do it. Compare with say a plumber. If I arrange for someone to come and repair my washer, I won’t be impressed if they fail to turn up because they decided to sit in the sun, or they weren’t in the mood. And I’ll be pretty sceptical if they tell me they can’t do my repairs because of plumber’s block. But of course writing can hard at times, and it takes practice. The importance of physically getting words on the page is underestimated. I mention this on my website at http://www.pennygrubb.com/index.php/c... (less)
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The Doll Makers

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message 6: by Penny

Penny Grubb Hi Zoe

Happy New Year to you too.

Yes, thanks, the writing's going OK. My 1st, Like False Money, got picked for the 12 Days of Kindle promo at 99p - not that I'll get to know numbers for ages, but I'm sure the price will be helping it along. Very good timing because the next 2 are due out as ebooks any day now and the 4th is now being advertised though not coming out till March. 2 different publishers but they seem to be working nicely together.

How's it going with you? Do you have a new one out? I confess to being so busy lately that I can barely keep up. I tend to be on everyone's last book but one as I struggle to keep up.

all the best
Penny


message 5: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Penny

Thank you so much for Friending me. Lovely to catch up with you here and a very Happy New Year to you. How's the writing going?


message 4: by Penny

Penny Grubb Thanks for the info Derick. I'll look it out.


Derick Hudson Thanks for the connection, Penny! You may like my 2012 debut,a hilarious Irish romcom called 'Dysfunctional Romance!' which has 17 five star reviews on Amazon and over 7,000 followers on Twitter already. see my blog for details:
www.derickhudson.blogspot.com
Kind regards,
Derick


message 2: by Penny

Penny Grubb Stuart wrote: "Penny, you should have an author's page on here, you know."

Thanks, I'm sure you're right. I will try and get that done in the next day or so. I've overdosed on social networking for today.


Stuart Aken Penny, you should have an author's page on here, you know.


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