The Crime Readers' Association

Diary of a Debut Author by Fiona Veitch Smith

3rd January 2016

“His name is Arthur and he’s dead.” That’s how I was introduced to my costume for a 90-second film promo for my debut crime novel, The Jazz Files. Arthur – God rest his soul – had apparently once been...

A Day in the Life: Behind the Scenes by AJ Waines

27th December 2015

One of the absolute joys of being a writer is that every day is different, largely because writers can play a much bigger part in the publishing process than they used to. Most authors now have a ‘pla...

The Importance Of Being Edited By Fergus McNeill

25th December 2015

        Somebody once said “The only thing worse than being edited, is not being edited.” I forget who it was, and those may not have been their exact words, but they made an extre...

Diary of a Debut Author by Vaseem Khan

20th December 2015

So . . . I am standing in a first-floor lounge at BBC studios in Manchester. It is 13th August 2015, 8.40am and in fifteen minutes I am due to walk onto the set of BBC Breakfast to talk about my debut...

Writer Seeks Readers By Fergus McNeill

18th December 2015

    Stories can connect people in all kinds of ways. I once drove over a hundred miles to speak at a library event. I had to take the afternoon off work to make sure I wouldn’t be late, and...

Are Some Writers Thieves? By Fergus McNeill

11th December 2015

  I steal a lot of stuff. There aren’t too many professions where you can freely admit that sort of thing but, happily, writing is one of them. I steal indiscriminately, from friends, from...

The Write Way? By David Hodges

6th December 2015

Since the age of 11, when I started writing, I always envisaged myself living in a garret at the top of some old Victorian house in Covent Garden, surrounded by books and with the smell of coffee from...

Why do we like the wrong people? By Fergus McNeill

4th December 2015

Most of us believe that our moral compass points in the right direction. We know the difference between right and wrong, and we generally hope that good will prevail over evil. So why, when we read, d...

Shetland Noir‏ by Mary Bale

1st December 2015

Extract from Threads of Treason and Pamela St Abbs Inspector Campbell Mysteries by Mary Bale. Thursday 12 November At about 7pm we passengers experience an extra quick journey to Sumburgh from Edinbur...

Diary of a Debut Author by Fiona Cummins

22nd November 2015

At 2am, when darkness has settled in for the night, I often hear the pit-pat of footsteps on the landing outside our bedroom. The door pushes open, drenching me in light, and a child appears in the we...

A Day in the Life of Author Vaseem Khan

15th November 2015

5am and my mobile phone wake-up alarm detonates with a rousing rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. A bleary stumble to the bathroom to splash water on my face, then downstairs with laptop in hand. En...

Translation Troubles by Matthew Pritchard

13th November 2015

For those of you who have read my debut novel, Scarecrow, you’ll know that the title is central to the plot. However, when the novel was translated into German, the title was changed to Die Stunde des...

Diary of a Debut Author by Andrea Carter

8th November 2015

The Famous Five, the Five Find-Outers and Dog, the Bobbsey twins and Trixie Belden: I spent my Irish midlands childhood with gangs of child detectives, both English and American. Reading my library bo...

Why Write Crime Fiction? by Matthew Pritchard

6th November 2015

Like most novelists, I write because I love to read. But when I first tried to set pen to paper, this posed me something of a problem. What was I going to write? After all, I loved to read everything:...

Spotlight on Lea O’Harra

5th November 2015

Welcome to CWA Member Lea O’Harra who is advertising her novel Imperfect Strangers with us this month. Lea’s book was published in the UK in Sept 2015 by Endeavour Press. Imperfect Stranger: Synopsis...

J C BriggsPost Mortem by Jean Briggs

23rd October 2015

  ‘Madame Ribault … managed to crawl to a chimney-board, where she traced with her finger, dipped in blood, the letters Commis de MT.’ Handy that, my Inspector Hardacre of Manchester would have s...

J C BriggsPartners in Crime by Jean Briggs

16th October 2015

  Are we to have a Watson? The question is asked by A.A. Milne.  His only detective story, The Red House Mystery, gives the answer. Milnes’s amateur detective, Antony Gillingham who ‘was born not...

What Next? by Peter Tickler

15th October 2015

What Next? by Peter Tickler It’s a strange feeling. My latest crime novel, Dead in the Water, has just been published by Joffe Books. In addition, as I sit at my laptop typing this blog, I am feeling...

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