Monthly Archives: June 2012

Doing your research (or not)

This article was originally published on the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook site. http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2012/06/crime-writing-doing-your-research/ When you write crime and you’re chatting to people about what you do (say at a party), sooner or later the question always gets asked: ‘You must do … Continue reading

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Which crime-novel character are you?

Crime novels, eh? I read a lot. I love a lot. True, some people say they can be a bit reliant on cliché. But maybe that’s a large part of why we read them – we know what to expect … Continue reading

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Keeping the Pages Turning

This post originally appeared here http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2012/06/keeping-the-pages-turning/ As discussed last time, a crime novel can appear under many different guises. But to truly fit in the genre, it must have one element: tension. Your readers will never forgive you if the pace … Continue reading

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What I read this week (10-16 June)

Catch Your Death, by Mark Edwards/Louise Voss I’ve read a few self-published crime novels recently, and been struck by how indistinguishable they are from many which get mainstream-published. It gives me to wonder how much dumb luck plays in who … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Freelance Sins

As a (lapsed) Catholic, I’m obviously quite interested in sin. As a year-in freelancer, I’m also interested in how to make this style of employment work for me. Um…that’s the only link I can come up with for this post. … Continue reading

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How To Survive A Literary Festival

This article was originally published in Red Herrings, the magazine of the CWA http://www.thecwa.co.uk  The festival season is nearly upon us – no, not Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight. I’m talking about Crimefest and Harrogate (and new addition this year, Bloody … Continue reading

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