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A J Waines – The Importance of Settings

21st March 2014

In the third of her Featured Author posts A.J. Waines looks at the importance of  settings.  One of the major appeals for UK readers of Nordic Noir and Scandi Crime novels has to be the settings. In S...

Bad Press – Bea Davenport

19th March 2014

Bea Davenport looks at representations of the media Like millions of viewers, I’ve been glued to the almost-excellent Line of Duty, the series about police corruption, with its twisting plotlines and...

The Importance of Book Titles – A. J. Waines

14th March 2014

In the second of her Featured Author posts A.J. Waines looks at the importance of book titles.   The title of a book is undoubtedly the first thing we see about it, backed up by the image on the...

forensic holmesForensic Holmes – Kelvin I Jones

12th March 2014

The most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, made his first public appearance in December 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The story, A Study in Scarlet, was not an immediate success when...

Conned – L.C. Tyler

11th March 2014

  He’d conned her. Of that much she was certain. The only things she could not work out were how and why. In the background, the air-conditioning still purred respectfully. Looking out through the pla...

Getting Past Writers Block – A J Waines

7th March 2014

As a Psychotherapist, I’ve often worked with creative people and come across many writers, artists, actors and composers who’ve got ‘stuck’. They feel paralysed, inert and lost – then as a resul...

The Daily Grind – Stella Whitelaw

5th March 2014

My work space I work at an oval dining room table.  It’s vacated on Christmas Day.  It’s jam-packed with papers and reference books as I write both books and short stories. Take a closer look There’s...

Expulsion from Eden by Judith Cutler

4th March 2014

Exeter, 1813 Teigngrace Hall, in the county of Devon, was my favourite of the Earl of Teignbridge’s establishments. Very commodious and set in extensive parkland, it lay near the main roads to Newton...

An Act of Evil: Robert Richardson

4th March 2014

In a new feature every other Tuesday the CRA will be focusing on books from new sponsors ‘Endeavour Press Ltd’. First up is ‘An Act of Evil’ by Robert Richardson. The Blurb: Wh...

Death Lies BeneathCRA Giveaway: Death Lies Beneath (DI Horton Series)

1st March 2014

The eighth marine mystery crime novel featuring DI Andy Horton When ex con, Daryl Woodley is found dead on the marshes bordering Langstone Harbour the Intelligence Directorate believe his murder is li...

Developing Characters – Pauline Rowson

28th February 2014

Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, to feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is a...

aj waines the evil beneathMusic to my Ears – A J Waines

26th February 2014

  As a new fiction writer, specialising in psychological thrillers, I’ve taken no creative writing courses, joined no writers’ groups and even managed to fail my ‘O’ level English Literature. Not...

finn clarke winner of debut dagger 2013Call Time: Finn Clarke

16th February 2014

The Crime Writers’ Association has been running its Debut Dagger for over 15 years. The entry period for the 2014 Debut Dagger is now closed but this seemed like a good time to look back and hav...

Featured Author Friday: Pauline Rowson

14th February 2014

Are crime writers psychopaths?  Pauline Rowson The relationship between writers and their characters takes many forms. Some of my characters irritate me, others entertain, some make me feel cuddly and...

Featured Author Friday: Pauline Rowson

7th February 2014

Why the crime genre is so popular Crime fiction is the bestselling genre and tops the most borrowed fiction books from public libraries in the UK. So what is it that makes crime fiction so popular?  F...

Featured Author Friday: Chris Simms

31st January 2014

A Price To Pay – the ideas behind the story For the last three weeks, I’ve been discussing where ideas for novels come from. Sometimes, they ambush you. You might be sitting at home, minding your own...

CRA Blog Author Chris SimmsCRA Blog Author Chris SimmsFeatured Author Friday: Chris Simms

24th January 2014

Cut Adrift – the ideas behind the story My previous two posts looked at where ideas for novels come from. For some writers, a book is created when a very particular thought hits home: what if? This wa...

Reading: A Specialist Activity

22nd January 2014

David Stuart Davies writes: Reading books is becoming a specialist activity no longer enjoyed by the general public, writer Ruth Rendell has warned. The crime novelist and peer said reading is no long...

Julia JonesMargery Allingham: mystery on Mersea Island

21st January 2014

  Where do your ideas come from? Chris Simms says that he’s sometimes tempted to tell audiences that he downloads them from www.ideasfornovels.com. But however much authors may dislike bein...

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