I was a screenwriter for many years until I caught myself cycling past a production company’s office giving it the finger and decided I didn’t like who the film industry was turning me into. I quit, got a temporary job at a daycare in Stockholm and ended up writing my first novel while my class of one year olds took their afternoon nap.
I blogged said novel as a writing exercise while I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up, and accidentally catfished the Swedish immigrant community. After several readers contacted Stockholm papers asking why they weren’t reporting on the murder in my blog I stumbled across self publishing (apologised to my confused readers)… and never looked back.
I’m a full-indie author, meaning I write, publish and sell my own books at fikabooks.com.
I write crime thrillers under CS Duffy, urban fantasy under Claire S Duffy and historical fiction under Claire Duffy. Although they’re fairly different genres, they’re all fast-moving page turners, a bit quirky and funny, with gasp out loud moments and characters to fall in love with! My best-selling Glasgow Kiss series was selected for Crime in the Spotlight at Bloody Scotland in 2018, and the French-language version of my Stockholm Murders series will be out in audio in 2022.
One of my absolute favourite things to do is chat to readers, so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’d like me to visit your library, bookshop or book club.
My books are aimed at adults, but I’m more than happy to chat about being a full-time author-entrepreneur at schools too!
I write The Stranger/Annars Tar Jag Dig, a Storytel Original audio series, read by Joanne Froggatt.
It has been released in seventeen countries, translated into four other languages and is currently being adapted for TV. I’m just about to start work on Season Three.
My other big passion is early Hollywood, and specifically the fact that up until 1925, around 50% of Hollywood releases were written by women.
I blog about the feminist dawn of filmmaking at fullyfiftyfifty.substack.com and am always happy to chat about the incredible women of the 1910s and 1920s on panels and podcasts, and, let’s be honest, pubs.
In my spare time, I teach yoga, paddleboard and terrify circus skills teachers by attempting moves I am physically incapable of.
I split my time between Glasgow and Stockholm and I dreamed up the story of my first book while working at an oil refinery in Ohio.