Author Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of several bestselling psychological thrillers including What You Did and The Fall, and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. Claire also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.
Join us as we take a sneak peek at Claire’s bookshelf:
Hi Claire, where’s your bookcase located, and what does it look like?
I have several all through the house, but my favourites are some old reclaimed library shelves, with numbers chiseled into them.
You write stunning psychological thrillers, but putting your own books to the side for a moment, is your bookcase heavily weighed in crime fiction?
Definitely – the crime writing world is so friendly that you end up knowing a lot of other writers, and of course you want to read their work then. I also am building up a good collection of Agatha Christies, as I still love reading those. I find it quite easy to forget whodunnit, as there are so many!
What author have you discovered and loved recently?
This year I have been reading a lot of non-fiction, partly for research. I really enjoyed Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe, and everything by Olivia Laing who is brilliant.
Where is your favourite place to read?
I’ve always been a reader-in-bed – always at night and sometimes in the morning too.