Denise Mina – I was very aware of…

I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So…


“I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So much so goes unsaid. No one says ‘you’re a cheeky so-and-so,’ no one says ‘you’re so moody,’ nobody ever confronts anyone else about anything. But I’m very crass, and I’m very confrontational, and I have a temper. I had to be hyper-vigilant in every office I worked in.”
-Denise Mina

Denise Mina – I always wanted to work…

I always wanted to work at ‘Take A Break’ magazine, you know, just to inject…


“I always wanted to work at ‘Take A Break’ magazine, you know, just to inject a little bit of politics into their stories. I applied for a job there after I’d done my law degree and didn’t even get an interview. I only wrote ‘Garnethill’ because I didn’t get that job!”
-Denise Mina

Denise Mina – In the ‘Garnethill’ trilogy, people…

In the ‘Garnethill’ trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O’Donnell’s dad was a journalist and…


“In the ‘Garnethill’ trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O’Donnell’s dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they’re middle-class – they’re just working class because they speak with accents.”
-Denise Mina

Denise Mina – Even if people do wrong…

Even if people do wrong, we’re social animals, so what can we do about stopping…


“Even if people do wrong, we’re social animals, so what can we do about stopping them doing the same things in future? Saying people are ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ is just an unwillingness to engage an unwillingness to try to empathise. That sanctimonious attitude doesn’t help anyone.”
-Denise Mina

Denise Mina – We don’t really go in…

We don’t really go in for big family dinners, but Scottish people are famously confrontational…


“We don’t really go in for big family dinners, but Scottish people are famously confrontational. It’s a cultural thing, so maybe we don’t need to have them to clear the air. Also, traditional family food isn’t as nice here so there’s no payoff for traveling hundreds of miles.”
-Denise Mina