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Author Claire Allan on deadlines, characterisation and finding inspiration in the every day

Author Claire Allan has been on a tight schedule in the last few years. She talks with Aine Toner about deadlines, characterisation and finding inspiration

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Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Ask no question — Claire Allan

Ask no question — Claire Allan

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

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Crime novelist Claire Allen. Picture Martin McKeown. 26.01.21

Claire Allan is well used to deadlines. The author has written 15 books and her current, Ask No Questions, is her fifth thriller. What's incredible is that her first thriller - a genre where she continues to grow in skill and talent - was released only two-and-a-half years ago.

"When you're in the middle of writing, I don't think about the timescale, I'm just hitting the deadlines," she says.

If you add Claire's two romantic comedies - under the pen name of Freya Kennedy - into the mix, that's four published novels since January 2020.


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