Val McDermid, one of the biggest names in crime writing, shared her own remarkable story with guests at this year’s Wellbeing of Women Literary Lunch at Fortnum & Mason on 11th October.
Interviewed by Eve Pollard OBE, Val told how she went from a small Scottish mining village to producing a bestselling novel every year. Although she is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood television series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan and starring Robson Green, Val has sold more than 15 million books in 40 different languages, in addition to radio plays, short stories, non-fiction and even a children’s book.
Her first novel was published in 1987, she was able to give up her day job in 1991 and has made her living by writing since then. She now divides her year between writing and promoting her work at home and internationally. She spoke about what it takes to make a crime novel a success and later signed copies of her latest suspenseful new novel, Insidious Intent.
Proceeds from the lunch went to Wellbeing of Women which is dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK. Every year they invest in special research projects and allocate funds towards the training of specialist doctors and midwives. Established in 1964 they have enabled major breakthroughs in obstetrics and gynaecology, contributing millions of pounds in grants and fellowships towards important research.