In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.
You won’t see it in the papers and the police aren’t taking any notice, but the clues are there if you know where to look.
Becca sees that something is wrong, but she’s been labelled ‘difficult’ thanks to her troubled past. So when a girl is so savagely beaten she can’t be identified, and Becca claims she knows who she is, no one will believe her.
With the police refusing to listen, Becca digs for evidence that will prove what she is saying. But her search for justice will put herself and those closest to her in danger – and once she finds the truth, will anyone even listen?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m lucky enough to have a study with a lovely view over the garden, so I write there.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
Yes. I don’t play music, though I know a lot of writers do, and I try to keep the phone silent during the morning when I usually write.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
That’s a tough one. I’d love to write a book with Jane Casey – I love her Maeve Kerrigan series; or I would love to write a book with Stephen King. I usually have several scary scenes in my books, and working with a master of fear like Stephen King would be so exciting.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I think the baddie, every time.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I interviewed Nicci French – Sean French and Nicci Gerard – and they were an absolute dream to interview, very responsive, lots of detail in their answers which allowed me to go ‘off piste’ with my questions and follow up the ideas they were putting forward.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In the garden on a sunny day; at the table – I read when I’m eating, it used to drive my husband mad; and in bed. If I don’t have a good book that I’m currently reading, I feel as though someone has chopped my arm off.
Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?
If I’m not in my study, I’ll either be in London on the day job – I’m Chair of Examiners for one of the exam boards – or I’ll be in the park walking my dog, an elderly Jack Russell called Doris.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
I feel amazed to see the actual physical book and realise that I wrote it. It’s the best feeling. It’s been like that since my first book.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I find titles difficult. Sometimes they’re quotes, sometimes they come from something in the book. For example, a life ruin is when someone is destroyed online by trolls, which has happened to Becca before the start of Life Ruins, but the events of the book also have the
potential to ruin more lives. Someone Who Isn’t Me came from the idea that so many of the characters in the book are taking on roles, not being themselves.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
The publisher shows me their ideas, and I make suggestions if I think it isn’t quite right, but usually, I’m very happy with the cover they offer.
Thank you, Danuta Kot and ZooLoo’s Book Toiurs
About the author
Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.
Website : https://danutakot.com/