Vicky has written for as long as she can remember. As a child she adored writing letters, and her love of reading soon prompted her to start writing stories. At school, college and university, she enjoyed writing essays, and in her teens and twenties she took courses in journalism and feature writing but never tried to get anything published. Her writing was always very psychological well before she studied the subject formally. She began a few novels while she was teaching but wasn’t sure what she wanted to write and found it hard to fit much else round full-time teaching. It was when she read Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and Little Face by Sophie Hannah that she saw a way to use fiction to explore the psychology of violence, and this decided her on writing crime fiction. She completed her first crime novel in 2013 when she was doing her creative writing MA and began her second (the one which became Turn a Blind Eye) for her dissertation project in 2014.
The DI Rahman series
Turn a Blind Eye is the first in the DI Rahman series of novels. Published in hardback, e-book and audio on 5th April 2018 by HQ/HarperCollins, it is a contemporary police procedural, set in the Tower Hamlets borough of East London. It combines the mystery and investigation elements of a traditional procedural with an exploration of life in this part of London. DI Maya Rahman is a British Bangladeshi, whose family came to the UK in 1982 and settled in Brick Lane. When the book opens, DS Dan Maguire has just joined Maya’s CID team as a fast-track officer from Australia. Vicky drew on her experience of living and working in East London, and visiting Australia, to develop the characters in Turn a Blind Eye. She built the plot from real life events that she heard and read about, and ones she witnessed. All of these have been modified and fictionalised.
The second book in the series, Out of the Ashes, will be published in April 2019 by HQ.