P.D. Viner reveals his TV influences and the many working titles he considered for his debut novel, eventually (evocatively) titled The Last Winter of Dani Lancing.
“I was given a writing exercise by my great friend Catherine Smith,” recalls P.D. Viner. “Her challenge was to update a Grimm’s fairytale to the present day. So I read a number of the dark tales and I was struck by an idea. In one story, a person was murdered, and three drops of their blood fell onto the floor – these drops of blood shouted out that they had been killed; they bore witness to their fate.
That seemed to me to be just what modern-day DNA testing does for us: it leads you straight to the killer. In fact, the working title of my novel was: Three Drops of Blood.”