Fiona Veitch Smith
Formerly a journalist, alternatively covering the art and crime beats on a Cape Town newspaper, Fiona Veitch Smith has written books, theatre plays and screenplays. ‘The Jazz Files’ is the first novel in her mystery series, Poppy Denby Investigates, and is set in 1920s London. It has been shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award, 2016. Book 2, The Kill Fee, sees Poppy continue to investigate murders and mysteries in the Jazz Age. Published by Lion Fiction.
Her standalone novel, ‘The Peace Garden’, is a romantic thriller set in England and South Africa, about a young girl who meets a mysterious exile from the Apartheid regime. Published by Crafty Publishing. She also writes children’s picture books for 3 – 6 year olds (published by SPCK) and is planning a series of time travelling mysteries for 9 – 12s.
She lives with her husband, daughter and two dogs in Newcastle upon Tyne where she lectures in media and scriptwriting at the local universities. She has a passion for cheesecake, Pilates and playing the clarinet – preferably not at the same time!
Shortlist CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award, 2016