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 wrote 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, and I’m currently developing an urban fantasy/women’s paranormal fiction series under Claire S Duffy, which will launch this autumn. 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.
I also 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 currently writing 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 write Dragonflies on Substack, a series of letters home to a friend in New York, aspiring screenwriter Callie O’Keith details her adventures in the “movie colony” in 1922. Written in real time, Callie’s letters seamlessly blend fact and fiction, threading real world characters and events through her own own ambitions, friends, and love interests.