Cari Hunter interviewed by Diana Simmonds

Every once in awhile, Clare Ashton drops me an email and offers Women and Words some sort of fabulousness. This time, it’s a video interview featuring Diana Simmonds and Cari Hunter. What follows is Clare’s introduction and then the interview.


NoGoodReasonCari Hunter is known for her gritty adventure romances and for her British characters having a fit of the buggers, bollocks and bloody hells. Her debut Snowbound was set in her native Northern England and widely enjoyed for its British setting, realistic treatment of violence and skillful narrative. In Desolation Point and Tumbledown she took great pains to bring her vivid realisation of place and setting to the US in the North Cascades and Maine.

She recently bonded with Diana Simmonds, romance writer and Curve columnist, over a spot of US versus UK badinage when it comes to the biscuit (that’s a cookie to y’all). The two have hooked up again for a chat about Cari’s new book and those funny cross-the-pond differences that baffle the Brits and perplex Americans. And naturally they have a natter about writing authentic thrillers, other fiction pet peeves and Cari bringing it all back home to the Peak District in her new Dark Peak crime series.

Blurb for No Good Reason:

“I can’t do this. I can’t do any of this without her. ”Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed.When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.

As Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, and Meg fights to keep his victim alive, a shocking discovery turns the investigation on its head. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart.

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  1. Great interview – very interesting! And – yet again – another new author for my “to read” list!


  2. I was thinking deeply about the question of Biscuits or Cookies while I was cutting a mountain of veggies, and can now say you are right, Cari. It has to be biscuits in Derbyshire and cookies in Maine. What I don’t know is what Diana calls them Down Under!!


  3. […] You can also hear Cari have a natter with Diana Simmonds about this first book in the Dark Peak Series. The Curve columnist and romance writer has a chuckle with Cari about cross-the-pond differences in English that baffle the Brits and perplex Americans, writing authentic thrillers, other fiction pet peeves and Cari coming back home with her latest Brit crime novel. You can find the video on Women and Words. […]


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