Anya Lipska is the pen name of a British crime writer married to a Pole. 'I chose Lipska because my real surname is impossible to pronounce…' she says. Living in East London with its big Polish community gave her the inspiration to create Kiszka, a Polish private detective/fixer, who came to the UK to escape communist rule in the Eighties, and is now in many ways a Londoner. A journalist by background, Anya was able to draw on contacts among murder detectives, pathologists and lawyers. 'Sometimes those research conversations in the pub get overheard and we get some very funny looks!'
The series quickly won critical acclaim leading to Anya being chosen for 'Queen of Crime' Val McDermid's New Blood panel at Theakstons Crime Festival - Europe's biggest crime writing event - in 2013. Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and international broadcasters like Discovery Channel. She's made programmes on everything from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes; mammoth cloning to Cleopatra's lost tomb. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such an interesting job," says Anya, 'It keeps me buzzing with ideas that I can work into my fiction, but nothing matches the excitement of creating characters and weaving plot."
Anya's website is at anyalipska.com