Annabel Frazer


Under the assumed name I use for being a wife, mum, cat-owner and civil servant, I live in Berkshire, England.

I write in the genres I love reading myself - crime detection, thriller, adventure, suspense. My first novel, The Day The Earth Caught Cold, was an apocalyptic thriller with a climate change theme. The novel I'm currently working on, The Crooked Man, is a more traditional detective story with a dash of thriller. I love retro vintage crime and thriller tales and my novels, despite the inconvenient presence of the 21st century, often have a retro flavour. I like to believe that alongside cosy crime there is, or could be, a genre called cosy thrillers. If there was, that would probably be my genre.

My favourite authors include Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle and Patricia Wentworth for crime and John Buchan and Ian Fleming for authors. I never subscribed to the idea that Ian Fleming was a 'man's writer'. But my biggest inspiration is probably Mary Stewart, whose adventurous suspense novels are adored by many. My latest project, The Sea Raven, is a homage to her in the form of a short story continuing the adventures of her heroine Perdita West, who features in her novella Wind off the Small Isles and a short story called The Lost One, itself lost for many years...

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I don't have a desk! I mostly write on the train. I'm so used to it now that I struggle to concentrate sitting at an ordinary desk at home. Which is fine because my children, husband or cats invariably interrupt when I'm halfway through a sentence.

I think enviously of Virginia Woolf's room of one's own, George Bernard Shaw's writing shed and Evelyn Waugh's solution, which was to leave his family at home and go off and rent a farmhouse to write, but most of us don't have those luxuries.
When did you first start writing?
I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't writing. My first proper attempt at a story was in primary school and it was several chapters long and had a proper lot, although it was sadly derivative (Enid Blyton). I remember being told that anyone who wrote a novel before they were aged thirteen was hailed as a genius and reflecting that I had plenty of time. Sadly, I didn't make that deadline, but I have been writing ever since.
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The Sea Raven
Price: Free! Words: 15,670. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A romantic adventure in the spirit of Mary Stewart's much-loved romantic suspense stories of the 1950s-70s, set on an island ferry travelling to the Shetland Islands.
The Day The Earth Caught Cold
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 98,600. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Day The Earth Caught Cold is an adventure in the old-fashioned tradition of the British apocalyptic thriller, in which a stiff upper lip is (mostly) maintained. What do you save, when it looks like everything will be lost? Can anyone be trusted, when the framework of law and order has gone? And if you fall in love on a journey, is it expediency or propinquity, or something more?

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1960s    adventure    apocalyptic    british    girl    heroine    journey    london    retro    romance    scotland    shetland    ship    snow    suspense    vintage    womens action