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Writing About a Dying Heroine by J F Kirwan

27th November 2017

88° North has an unusual premise, since the heroine, Nadia, has radiation sickness from her last encounter with her nemesis, Salamander. She’s been given weeks to live. She could go to an exotic islan...

Beau Death – Peter Lovesey on his new novel

31st October 2017

A wrecking ball swings into the roof of an old house near Bath. The people watching are in for a shock. When the dust clears, a skeleton is revealed sitting in the loft dressed in eighteenth century c...

WRITING THE MUSIC AND COMPOSING THE PLOT by Sarah Rayne

31st October 2017

Music has very often been a catalyst for me in the creating of a plot, and it seems to have found its way into a good many of my books. There’s the eerie death lament, ‘Thaisa’s Song’ in The Bell Towe...

CWA Debut Dagger Competition Now Open

18th October 2017

The Crime Writers’ Association have opened their popular Debut Dagger competition for 2018. The competition is for the opening of a crime novel and any writer who has never had a traditional publishin...

Give My Regards to Uncle Stalin by Fiona Veitch Smith

14th September 2017

A recent review of the second book in my Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Kill Fee, has made me laugh. The reader’s main gripe was that in her opinion my characterisation of communists was too ‘po...

Review CWA Dagger-Shortlisted Titles

13th September 2017

Did you know that the CWA have set up a website where people can leave reviews of the shortlisted books for the CWA Daggers 2017? http://daggerreads.co.uk/readers/ No prizes I’m afraid, but as it’s mo...

Is Originality Overrated? By Rafe McGregor

1st September 2017

I came across Richard Bradford’s excellent Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction at the end of last year, while preparing a syllabus for a creative writing module.  I was disappointed but not surpr...

My Writing Space by Mike Jecks

28th August 2017

Michael Jecks is the well-known author of many, mostly historical crime novels.   ‘It is a bit of a shock to realise that I’ve been a professional author for 23 years, now. I’ve published 4...

How Crime in the Wild West Pays Off for Author Everett

11th July 2017

During 1989-1991 I was hired to write profiles of famous film/ television personalities for TV Scene magazine which mostly contained photographs and interviews with then current American television st...

Keeping Secrets by A L Bird

11th July 2017

Can you keep a secret? Really, truly? Not a word, not a hint to anyone? As if your life depended on it? Or indeed your livelihood? Well, thriller writers can. And so can many of their protagonists. Ye...

Dagger in the Library 2017 Winner Announced

17th June 2017

The winner of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been revealed: Mari Hannah. The winner was declared at a reception at the British Library on Saturday 17 June by Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA....

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