I grew up in London in a family of writers and actors and spent my childhood endlessly concocting stories and plays in my head to keep myself occupied. Heavily influenced by early reading of Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie, there was always a body, or at the very least some sort of mystery that required solving. I, of course, played the detective. Even as an adult, I would have fragments of stories spinning around in my head, but it was years before I decided to attempt a novel – the catalyst a period of enforced and intensely boring bed rest for medical reasons. After several false starts and rejected submissions, the first chapter and synopsis of Die With Me were shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2005 and the novel was published by Quercus two years later. I still live in central London – a city I love. Place is very important to me in terms of my writing and I decided to set my novels in and around London as it offers a wealth of character, variety and history, which never ceases to inspire.
www.powells.com - As a writer, I am always being asked: 'Where do your ideas come from?' Sadly, there is no simple answer. But when those moments of inspiration strike, as if from nowhere, often when I am in the oddest of places, it is one of the greatest excitements of my day...
www.curledup.com - Michael Leonard interviewed author Elena Forbes about her novel Die With Me, Internet chat rooms and suicide pacts, and the idea of manipulating the vulnerable.
www.shotsmag.co.uk - Sarah Townsend
catches up with Elena Forbes to discuss her writing and the Barnes Murder Squad amongst other things.