Linda Frank has just published her third book, Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys. This is another installment in the Annie Tillery Mystery series aimed at the YA (Young Adult) audience. You can read my review here.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Linda Frank and discuss not only Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys, but also many facets of the writing world.

One aspect that we spent some time on was character development of Annie Tillery. The story is a fascinating one. For many years Linda Frank was a science teacher at various levels of both school and college. One course was Forensics. While most of us think it is a glamorous branch of science as portrayed in TV series such as CSI, in actual fact it is as much detective work as it is science. You need to establish what it is that you are looking for before you apply the science to find it.

Linda took a unique approach to teach the subject. Rather than just give a boring research project she opted to create a scenario on paper and see how the students would approach solving the crime. When she told me this it sounded like Agatha Christie in the school room! To give an element of reality to the projects Linda created Annie Tillery.

When Linda decided to start writing books she had a ready made character in Annie. I have heard many stories from authors about character development, but this was a first. Obviously I asked ‘But who is she’? The answer is….

We also talked about the ‘elephant in the room’ AKA the world of publishing. Are authors punished by self publishing?

If you missed the live broadcast you can listen to the recording here.

There is also a sneak peak of the audio book version available on YouTube.

You can also find out more about the book series at

Simon Barrett

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