Fiona Veitch Smith

Fiona with partner Leston Blackburn in The Boyfriend when she was 16.
Fiona with partner Leston Blackburn in The Boyfriend when she was 16.

Ever since I was cast in the role of Maisie in the Springs Girls’ High School production of The Boyfriend when I was 16, I have loved all things 1920s. I love the fashion, the music, the dance styles and the literature of the period. For much of my life I’ve had a 1920s bob – even when they weren’t fashionable!

Although I write many different things (you can check out my other work on my blog) and lecture in writing for the media, stage and screen at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, the Poppy Denby Investigates series reflects more of me and my personal interests than any of my other books or plays.

Fiona as she looks now.
Fiona as she looks now.

I worked as a newspaper journalist in Cape Town and a freelance magazine journalist in the UK – Poppy is a journalist. I also studied drama and worked for a few years with my husband, Rodney, in a travelling music and theatre company – Delilah is a singer, dancer and actress. I play jazz clarinet (very poorly) – The Jazz Files sizzles with jazz. I have a degree in history and am fascinated by the suffragettes and other pioneering women.

Fiona as she imagines she looks now.
Fiona as she imagines she looks now (courtesy of Chris Bambrough).

I too, like Poppy, come from a non-conformist faith background and have negotiated the choppy waters of being a woman in a male-dominated working world. However, Poppy is not me, and I am not Poppy. In some ways she is braver than me, in others, far less worldly wise (she is only 22 after all). I like to think that Delilah is my alter-ego – the party girl I only ever occasionally let out. However, within the pages of The Jazz Files and subsequent books in the series, I hope my readers will find someone or something they can identify with. But beyond that, I hope they simply enjoy a rollicking good tale.

Fiona getting into character in a 1928 Ford Pheaton.
Fiona getting into character in a 1928 Ford Pheaton, owned by Christine and Alan Simpson of Crawcrook, Northumberland.

Social Media

I am fairly active on social media – you can connect with me using these links:
Twitter: @FionaVeitchSmit
Facebook: Fiona Veitch Smith

6 thoughts on “Fiona Veitch Smith”

  1. I recently found The Jazz Files at my local library while perusing the New Fiction section – and I’m so glad I did! Poppy Denby is my new favorite heroine and I can’t wait to follow her new adventures. Thanks for a great read!!

    1. Hello AB Neiman! Thanks so much for getting in touch. I shall tell Poppy she has a new fan – she’ll be delighted! May I ask which library you found it in? It’s nice to know who is stocking it. Be on the lookout for Poppy Denby 2 – The Kill Fee – which is coming out in September.

    1. Hello Maurice, so glad you enjoyed them. Book 3, The Death Beat, set in New York, will be coming on in October. And I am busy writing book 4 which will be out in the autumn of 2018. Have a flapulous day!

  2. Hi Fiona,
    I also found my copy of The Jazz Files at my local library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, Texas USA. I’ve just placed a hold on The Kill Fee. I’m sharing these books with my sister who also loves British mysteries.

    Thanks for sharing your love of all things 1920s with us. It’s coming through loud and strong! :)

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