This is the first time I’ve written a female fictional killer and she was harder to write than I first thought. I had no doubt that she was going to be a memorable character, because prior to starting LAST KISS, she had turned up in two short stories, the first about a woman obsessed with her lover and who finally kills him viciously in a crime of passion, and the second, in a short story called ‘Role Play’ which was published in Revival Literary Journal, where she appears at a hotel room meeting an older and rather unpleasant lover.

It took me a while to realise that she was the same fictional character, but when I did, I knew she wasn’t going away, and finally, she arrived between the pages of LAST KISS. I could describe her as a female Hannibal Lecter, although she doesn’t eat people. She is certainly dark, damaged and utterly capable of doing the most horrendous acts.

In LAST KISS we meet her at the age of 36. She has an obsession with the Tarot cards and lives a form of fractured reality. Her online tag name is Cassie4Casanova, and she has a series of doomed relationships with men. A keen interest in the eye of the camera, she takes self-portraits, not selfies, as she doesn’t like to share. Her murder scenes are recreations of the tarot cards, the hangman, the hermit and the tower. She is capable of invading her lover’s lives, including their partners, stalking, planning, waiting for her moment to pounce.

The most important thing about her is that she too is a victim. As a baby she was taken from her mother and raised in a house of evil. Is her wickedness the result of nature or nurture? I’ll let you decide…