Val put in the picture

Val McDermid (left) and Emma Holliday with the painting.
Val McDermid (left) and Emma Holliday with the painting.

crime author Val McDermid found herself in the frame – though, unlike her characters, not for murder or any other such offence – while giving a talk on her books.

Val was at North Shields Library for one of a series of talks by authors organised by North Tyneside Council.

While the 55-year-old was giving her talk, Newcastle artist Emma Holliday painted her portrait.

Val, a Scot now dividing her time between homes in Alnmouth and the north west, is best known for a series of suspense novels adapted for ITV1’s Wire in the Blood, starring Dudley’s Robson Green.

She has written 27 crime novels and was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger in 2010 in recognition of her outstanding work over the preceding 20 years.