Episode 034: Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh on the Blogtacular podcast

Clare Mackintosh is a former police officer turned Sunday Times Best Selling Author.

She spent 12 years working in the police force, a career that prepared her surprisingly well for a move into writing. Working as a detective meant it was her job to collect and assimilate information from witness statements, forensics and CCTV, and to put them into an order and structure that would make sense to a judge and jury.

The work she does now as a writer is very similar in some ways, the difference being that the pieces of the story brought together are that of fiction and her audience are not a judge and jury, but readers.

Clare Mackintosh on the Blogtacular podcast

Clare began writing 10 years ago, when she started a blog while on maternity leave. Her relatable and heartfelt blog More Than Just a Mother was picked up in a feature on The Times Online, which gave her the confidence to focus on her writing.

Her debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. In 2016 she was awarded the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, and won the Cognac Prix du Polar for International Novel of the Year. Clare’s second book, I See You, was published in the UK in July 2016, charting at number 1 in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. Once again, I See You was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2017, and won the readers’ vote. Clare’s books are translated into more than 35 languages.

Clare Mackintosh on the Blogtacular podcast
On the podcast we chat about the dilemma of writing for exposure, shelving books and Clare’s journey from inspector, to blogger, journalist and author.

Clare’s Links: Clare Mackintosh | FacebookTwitter | Instagram | YouTube

Clare’s Books: Released today! Let Me Lie | I See You | I Let You Go

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

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Clare’s Book Events



Blogtacular is the podcast which explores the lives and work of creative bloggers and indie business owners. It is presented by Kat Molesworth, photographer, blogger and director of the Blogtacular Conference.

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Theme music by: Breakmaster Cylinder

Edited by: Maco McAleece

Artwork by: Twin Pines Creative

Photography courtesy of Clare Mackintosh

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