Crime author Caro visits Rothesay Library

Author Caro Ramsay with Rothesay Library staff Patricia McArthur, Francine Scott and Janice McLaughlin.
Author Caro Ramsay with Rothesay Library staff Patricia McArthur, Francine Scott and Janice McLaughlin.

The hottest property in Scottish crime fiction - author Caro Ramsay - visited Rothesay Library on Wednesday as part of Bute’s Book Week Scotland celebrations.

Caro, who was born and brought up in Glasgow, is the author of four hugely successful crime novels - Absolution, Singing To The Dead, Dark Water and most recently Blood of Crows, which was named as Waterstone’s Book of the Month for September and had the honour of knocking 50 Shades of Grey off the top of the company’s Scottish sales chart.

She spent more than an hour and a half telling her fascinated Rothesay audience about how she became a crime writer (“most crime writers are sick and depraved psychopaths”), how she actually writes (“show [your reader], don’t tell”), and her constant battle with her editors over the Scots words and phrases in her books (“we love it, we love it, but what do all these words actually mean?”), and answering a hugely varied range of questions, from the difference between an editor and a proofreader to her (apparent) fascination with fat people in her books.

Rothesay’s contribution to the national Book Week Scotland celebration also featured a Scottish-themed ‘Bookbug’ session for young readers on Wednesday afternoon and a ‘Quick Reads’ session on Friday morning with teas and coffees available.