With a parole officer for a father and true crime obsessive for a mother, it is inevitable Candice Fox would be interested in the seamier side of human nature.
And when you consider what her mum used to do for fun, it's even less surprising Fox ended up as a crime writer: "She used to take us to Belanglo State Forest when we were kids in the middle of the night and tell us Ivan Milat stories."
From her early days making the other children at her primary school cry with tales of murdered children she'd read in her mother's books, Fox has gone on to become a fresh and celebrated voice in crime fiction, picking up the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014. She's just released The Inn, her most recent collaboration with American publishing juggernaut James Patterson.
Author Candice Fox has been a crime enthusiast since she was in primary school. Credit:SMH
Fox is one of the headline names appearing on the final day of BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. She will chat all things gruesome alongside Michael Robotham, Laurie Oakes, Gary Jubelin, Peter Goldsworthy and Michael Duffy, take part in a panel discussing her favourite fictional detective and debate whether fact is stranger than fiction.
When it comes to enthusiasts of the crime genre, Fox has learnt appearances can be deceiving. "Crime-loving readers are so friendly and nice, but they're willing to talk about serial killers with you until the cows come home," she says. "They're my kind of people."
BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, 10am-4pm, various locations, city, $25 per session, badsydney.com.
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