From her website:http://www.francesfyfield.co.uk/biography.html
I grew up in rural Derbyshire, but my adult life has been spent mostly in London, with long intervals in Norfolk and Deal, all inspiring places. I was educated mostly in convent schools; then studied English and went on to qualify as a solicitor, working for what is now the Crown Prosecution Service, thus learning a bit about murder at second hand. Years later, writing became the real vocation, although the law and its ramifications still haunt me and inform many of my novels.
I’m a novelist, short story writer for magazines and radio, sometime Radio 4 contributor, (Front Row, Quote Unquote, Night Waves,) and presenter of Tales from the Stave. When I’m not working (which is as often as possible), I can be found in the nearest junk/charity shop or auction, looking for the kind of paintings which enhance my life. Otherwise, with a bit of luck, I’m relaxing by the sea with a bottle of wine and a friend or two.
RADIO - Go to Frances' website to listen to these:
Using the radio on the right hand side, you can listen to a series of short stories Frances Fyfield wrote, A Dark and Stormy Night recorded by Sweet Talk and first broadcast on BBC Radio in 2006. Click on any title to begin playing, and to read a synopsis of each piece please scroll down the page.
Track number six is an interview with Jenny Murray onWoman's Hour on July 05 2006, for the publication of The Art of Drowning
A Dark And Stormy Night - Summary
01 The Victim's Tale
Read by Cheryl Campbell.
Rachel Adams is in bed on a dark and stormy night in her tall, thin house on the coast, when she becomes aware that someone is moving about downstairs. She knows who her stalker is and, as she tells her story, she fills in the details of their lives.
02 The Copper's Tale
Read by Philip Glenister.
We think we know what happened in Rachel Adams' house last night, and how Donald ended up with a broken leg at the foot of the stairs. But what the copper sees as he goes off shift tells a different story. A darker story - and one that casts a different light on Mrs Rachel Adams. But appearances can be deceptive.
03 The Daughter's Tale
Read by Nicola Walker.
Who knows a mother better than her daughter? But Rachel's daughter sees her mother through a particularly singular eye, and even she is willing to interpret the situation to suit herself.
04 The Barrister's Tale
Read by Julia Ford.
As the barrister leafs through statements from victim, defendant and copper, she forms a fourth, alternative view of the events of the dark and stormy night. But at the end of a day when she's lost a case and seen a villain released to walk the streets, she's lost all inclination to be charitable.
05 The Defendant's Tale
Read by Neil Stuke.
With his leg in plaster. Donald sits with his solicitor and tells his own story of the dark and stormy night. By now, the events are familiar but the story gets a new spin. Do we finally get to hear the truth?
A loner. A liar. A secret.
Let the games begin.
Accountant Rachel Doe leads a sheltered, beige-colored life… Until she meets Ivy, who is everything Rachel isn’t. Ivy is a wild child. She is charismatic and seductive, a charmer with tragedy in her past. The two women begin an intense and unexpected friendship.
But, as the intimacy between them escalates, Rachel is drawn deeper into the darkness that surrounds Ivy—and the secrets that hide there. In the bestselling tradition of Gone Girl andReconstructing Amelia, this riveting psychological thriller.