Someone Else's Skin Book CoverFor her short stories Sarah Hilary has been awarded the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize in 2008, the Sense Creative Award in 2010 and, most recently, the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012. She has had several stories published in anthologies, including the CWA’s anthology.

Sarah lives in Bath with her husband and daughter.

Someone Else’s Skin is her first full length novel and it has been a runaway success. Her agent is Jane Gregory, and rights to Someone Else’s Skin have been sold in Norway, Sweden, France, Germany and Italy and to Penguin USA . Her second novel in the Marnie series, No Other Darkness, is incoming in 2015.

Follow Sarah on Twitter at @Sarah_Hilary or visit her blog

We talked to Sarah about being published for the first time.

Someone Else’s Skin is your first novel. Can you tell us a bit about your route to publication?

A million words rejected over four years then 100,000 that stuck; one ace agent; one auction; an exciting phone call; rights sold in eight countries… I’m still pinching myself as I write book two…

What made you want to write crime fiction?

A life-long love of reading it; a niggling suspicion that I could write it; a good friend’s conviction that I could.

Are there any writers who have particularly inspired you?

Patricia Highsmith, Thomas Harris, John Fowles, Helen Dunmore…

What are you reading?

The new Fred Vargas, an old John le Carré, next up is The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black.

Do you have any advice for writers wishing to see their work published?

Write. Read. Watch good TV. Everything else is a distraction.

Thank you Sarah!

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