Your (author) name: Sheena Lambert
Tell us about yourself: I’m from Dublin, Ireland. I used to be an engineer, now I write full-time.
Tell us about your latest book: The Lake is a crime mystery novel set in Ireland in 1975. It is the story of Peggy Casey, the young landlady of The Angler’s Rest pub and her siblings, and what happens when the waters in the local lake recede, revealing a shallow grave.
When did you start writing? In January 2008. I can pretty much pinpoint the day and hour too, if you like.
Where do you write? Anywhere. Everywhere. Mostly at my kitchen table, and in local coffee shops. The most memorable location was on holidays in France once, on a little wooden table over-looking a valley and surrounded by lavender. That was nice. I finished THE LAKE there.
Which other authors do you admire? Kevin Barry, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde.
Book you wish you’d written? The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Because it was so worthwhile, so entertaining, so successful, and she got to wear Stella McCartney to the Oscars.
Greatest fictional criminal? Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime.
Greatest crime or criminal from the real world? The person who thought it was okay to cease production of United chocolate biscuit bars. I hope they’re doing serious time.
What scares you? Lack of respect for human life.
Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination? No. I have no desire to indulge other people’s need for gore or evil. I’m more interested in writing about the fallout of a crime, rather than the crime itself.
3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE
- Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Do you listen to music when you write? Never.
Are you on social media? I’m tweeting about my promotional short video for the Lake as a write this. It’s cute. It stars Lego people. And a Lego lake.