One of the best newspaper editors of her generation, nobody quite knows what induced Freya Carlisle to take a job editing The Sarnian. She claims it was the challenge of launching a new title in a small market that drew her to the role, but few believe that considering how ambitious she is.
She is utterly devoted to breaking news and ruthless in her pursuit of a story, deploying her staff as though they were soldiers on a battlefield. This attitude and laser-like focus on her job is one of the reasons that her marriage failed, and she has since become estranged from her two children. Her only regular contact with them is through the medium of her cheque book.
Always fair but not always sympathetic to the needs of her staff if they conflict with the drive to secure a story, her first consideration is always the paper, which she rules with an iron rod. As described in book 1, Dead in the Water,
In all the time he’d been working for her, [Ollie had] heard her raise [her voice] just twice. Neither time had it carried the crisp, cool menace implicit with the more measured tones she used to berate her staff.
As a heavy smoker since school, her voice is now cracked and rasping, which only makes it sound all the more intimidating.