Fiona Veitch Smith

Fiona Veitch Smith

Fiona Veitch Smith is the author of the Poppy Denby Investigates novels, Golden Age-style murder mysteries set in the 1920s, about a reporter sleuth who works for a London tabloid. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, while subsequent books have been shortlisted for the Foreword Review Mystery Novel of the Year and the People’s Book Prize. She is formerly a journalist, having worked on the arts and crime beats of a Cape Town newspaper, and lectured in journalism in the UK for ten years. The Poppy Denby Series is published in paperback and ebook by Lion Fiction and Large Print and Audio by WF Howes. She is represented by Sara Keane of Keane Kataria Literary Agency. Her writing for children includes the 'Young David Picturebook' series (illustrated by Amy Barnes Warmington)and the Young Joseph Picturebook series (illustrated by Andy Catling) about the life of Joseph of the technicoloured coat fame. Her new children's series, The Time-twisters, are graphic novels (illustrated by Laura Borio) about time travelling children who visit famous scientists of the past. Published by SPCK in collaboration with the Faraday Institute. The first in the series, Charles Babbage and the Curious Computer, is due out in 2021. She has also written two standalone novels. 'Pilate's Daughter' is an historical romance set in first century Palestine about a love affair between the daughter of Pontius Pilate and a Jewish zealot. It is published by Lume Books (formerly Endeavour Press). 'The Peace Garden', is a romantic thriller set in England and South Africa, self-published under the Crafty Publishing imprint. She lives with her husband, daughter and dog in Newcastle upon Tyne. On her non-writing days, she works part-time as a freelance editor and writing tutor, as well as being the assistant secretary of the Crime Writers' Association. @FionaVeitchSmit
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