Q:What made you want to write up your experiences investigating this case?
SD: I found the character of Andrew Shelley, the man who allegedly beat the girl in his care almost to death, grew and morphed before my eyes as I wrote. I thought I knew him before I started writing, but as I began to craft the story, I started to understand that he was like one of those deep-sea creatures you see on documentaries, something that has assumed a shape to make it appear safe and unthreatening and can lie in wait for the unassuming to pass by, only then revealing the monstrous being underneath. As I wrote, I realised that I had seen the veil slipping several times and had witnessed what lay under it. It was actually quite a disturbing realisation.
Q: What do you think are the key messages of the Stories From The Margins series?
Q: Who are your favourite true crime writers?
Q: Why do you think true crime continues to be such a popular genre?