Marrisse puts Amble on the literary map

Posted on 16th February 2023 | in Community

Local crime fiction writer Marrisse Whittaker, from Lesbury has featured Amble in her latest book, Buried Dreams.

Photo of Marrisse Whittaker

Marrisse Whittaker

“I set quite an important scene at Amble Harbour and also inside the restaurant Lilly’s Landing, but a lot of the action in all of my books takes place along the coast here. I also managed to get a mention for Sweets and Treats, in Mad Hatter Murders.” Marrisse laughs. “That was the third novel in my Billie Wilde trilogy.”

Marrisse, a former TV scriptwriter and producer, sets all of her books in Northumberland, after being offered a three-book deal with Bloodhound Books, having been runner up to the Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction in 2020 with her debut The Magpie. The books sell all around the world.

“I love the idea of visitors as well as locals finding the locations mentioned in the books whilst they are in the middle of reading them. When I was a child, I used to stay at a caravan in Amble, when they were positioned on the dunes. I remember reading Enid Blyton’s, Five On Treasure Island, whilst looking across to Coquet island. The location in the book seemed almost identical to the seashore where I was sitting.

“My own grandchildren love to have the books read to them when they visit and of course hop on the boat at Amble and see Coquet Island up close.

Pictures of Marrisse's previous "Billie Wilde" thrillers

Marrisse’s previous “Billie Wilde” thrillers

“Now, I live in Northumberland and set my books around this coastline, so I guess you could say Amble was the spot that inspired me to become an author, all of those years ago.”

The Billie Wilde thrillers – The Magpie, the Devil’s Line and the Mad Hatter Murders, along with Buried Dreams, the first in a new spin-off Wilde and Darque series, can be ordered from bookshops or ordered from a range of online stores.

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