Fiona Veitch Smith
Fiona Veitch Smith writes Golden Age mysteries and historical fiction and has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger. Her breakthrough series was Poppy Denby Investigates about a young reporter sleuth in 1920s London. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Historical Dagger. Her new series, the Miss Clara Vale Mysteries with Embla Books (Bonnier UK), is set in and around Newcastle in the late 20s and early 30s, featuring a female forensic scientist who inherits a detective agency. The Picture House Murders (which reached #1 on Amazon’s Historical Mysteries charts) and The Pantomime Murders (#3) are out now. The third book in the series, The Pyramid Murders, is due out in May 2024.
Fiona has also written for theatre, short film and podcasts, and started out her creative career writing children’s picture books (SPCK).
She was born in Corbridge, Northumberland, then spent her teenage years and 20s in South Africa in the 1980s and 90s. She returned to the UK in 2002. As a journalist she worked on the arts and crime beats of a Cape Town newspaper, and then lectured in journalism in the UK for ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Hons) and a Bachelor of History (Rhodes University), as well as an MA in Creative Writing (Northumbria University). Since leaving journalism she has worked as a university lecturer and a communications manager, does freelance editing and mentors new novelists.
Associations & Representation
Fiona is a member of the British Society of Authors, the Crime Writers’ Association (of which she was formerly the Communications Manager and is now a member of the Board), the Historical Writers’ Association, the Chartered Institute of Editors & Proofreaders, and the Association of Christian Writers. Fiona is represented by Sara Keane of Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
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