Sam Blake talks to Claire Allan
Claire was part of the award winning team that covered the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, and she covered Derry's year as the first UK City of Culture. She maintains the best part of the job was always meeting 'ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell'.
In 2006, Claire decided to try and fulfil a lifetime ambition to write a novel and spent six months writing 'Rainy Days and Tuesdays' - loosely based on her own experienced of post-natal depression. This was published by Poolbeg Press in Ireland in 2007 and became an instant bestseller.
Seven more women's fiction novels followed before Claire decided to leave journalism to concentrate on writing, and also to try her hand at writing psychological thrillers. Ten years after 'Rainy Days and Tuesdays' was written, Claire began to write 'Her Name Was Rose', which was published by Avon Books in 2008. It became a bestseller in the UK, Ireland, Canada, America and Australia.
It was followed by Apple of My Eye (Jan, 2019) and 'Forget Me Not' (May, 2019). Her fourth thriller 'The Liars Daughter' is out now.