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Welcome to my site. I am a crime novelist living in South West Scotland who was published by Robert Hale between 2004 and 2014 and now by The Book Folks. I have had eighteen titles published


The Book Folks titles are 

Dead Hill eb pb/audio

The VIxen's Scream eb pb/audio

To Die Alone eb pb/audio

The Long Dead eb pb/audio

Strange Little Girl eb pb/audio

The Railway Man eb pb/audio

The Secrets Man eb pb/audio

To Honour the Dead eb pb/audio

A Breach of Trust eb pb

Thou Shalt Kill eb pb

Death List eb pb

Error of Judgement, eb pb

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 1 to 3

A Collection containing the first three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) has been published in e-book format.

A Flicker in the Night eb pb

Writing as John Stanley

The Numbers Game – a DCI Danny Radford novel

Sentinel – a DCI Danny Radford novel

You can buy my Book Folks titles at:

Dead Hill

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DEAD-HILL-featuring-Detective-Inspector-ebook/dp/B06XH2ZJQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1498230104&sr=1-1&keywords=john+dean+and+dead+hill

The Vixen’s Scream https://www.amazon.co.uk/VIXENS-SCREAM-captivating-mystery-featuring-ebook/dp/B06Y45R6B4/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6QY89RN533S2REGRQBZB

To Die Alone https://www.amazon.co.uk/DIE-ALONE-Gripping-British-Detective-ebook/dp/B071JFLFKJ/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M03ECYTSSRXZZT8XD1R6

The Long Dead https://www.amazon.co.uk/LONG-DEAD-gripping-detective-Blizzard-ebook/dp/B075WC7SBN/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1506413197&sr=1-1&keywords=john+dean+and+the+long+dead

Strange Little Girl https://www.amazon.co.uk/STRANGE-LITTLE-GIRL-Detective-Blizzard-ebook/dp/B076TBXS9W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509018472&sr=8-2&keywords=strange+little+girl+and+john+dean

The Railway Man https://www.amazon.co.uk/RAILWAY-MAN-Blizzard-murder-mystery-ebook/dp/B077SMPNDP/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512399387&sr=1-2&keywords=the+railway+man

The Secrets Man https://www.amazon.co.uk/SECRETS-MAN-gripping-murder-mystery-ebook/dp/B079MHXRH3/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517995404&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Secrets+Man

To Honour the Dead 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CMK9GYW/

A Breach of Trust 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FVXBQ1F/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1532524937&sr=1-9&keywords=john+dean

Thou Shalt Kill 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07HKQL7XS

 

Death List

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DEATH-LIST-following-prison-targets-ebook/dp/B07MHXS9JM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1546678064&sr=1-1&keywords=Death+List+and+john+dean

Error of Judgement, eb pb

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07R11FB77/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+dean&qid=1556042858&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 1 to 3

A Collection containing the first three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) has been published in e-book format.

You can find out more and buy the book at

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RHZWH8H/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=john+dean&qid=1557390139&s=digital-text&sr=1-3

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 4 to 6 is out.

This is a collection containing the second three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) published in e-book format.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VWR9RGF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+dean&qid=1564663149&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

A Flicker in the Night

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WSGYX1S/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+dean&qid=1566287620&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

 

Writing as John Stanley

The Numbers  Game

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NUMBERS-GAME-gripping-crime-thriller-ebook/dp/B00GVHK5KQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530016765&sr=1-4&keywords=numbers+game

 

Sentinel

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SENTINEL-exciting-British-detective-thriller-ebook/dp/B016MDIIKC/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530016867&sr=1-6&keywords=sentinel

 

Courses and mentoring

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based near Castle Douglas and organises the course.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enroll, students will be offered ongoing one-to-one feedback on their work, be it short stories or novels.

John, who is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful in a very competitive market.

“Crime fiction remains hugely popular and, hopefully, I can help aspiring writers to develop their ideas, and because it is online it does not matter where they live.

"In recent years, I have worked with writers from everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be led by John.

The course costs £75.

For further details you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com

Mentoring

A reminder that, in addition to the various free things we do, one of the paid-for services we offer is one supporting writers.

Why should you hire a professional writing mentor, though?

Isn’t it enough to attend a class/workshop or a writing group? Or ask a friend or relative to comment?

Well, it depends what you want and need and bespoke mentoring from Inscribe Media can help some writers, providing the experience and expertise to -

• understand your work

• nurture you and your writing

• let you retain control of your ideas and your writing

* provide expert, specific advice about what is working and what isn’t.

We focus on major issues, such as how your story hangs together, what your characters are doing or could be doing, what is hurting your story’s momentum, what story elements are not pulling their weight.

We identify the differences between good and great and point out your writing strengths, so you become confident about what not to change.

We also give suggestions and help you establish good processes and writing goals and suggest markets for your work.

If long-term mentoring does not appeal, we run short writing courses as well.

You can find out more at http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/writing-courses---bespoke-mentoring.html

You can also access our free downloadable writing guide at www.inscribemedia.co,uk

Events

 

Blog Posts

Putting characters to work

I am always interested in what triggers a new character for a writer. When and how do they burst in to life? I am thinking of this because I am working on a new Jack Harris novel and, although some of my regulars appear, I need some new ones.

Characters come in all forms from all types of inspiration. Maybe the prompt for a new character for a…

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Posted by John Dean on November 6, 2019 at 11:06

Blog interview

I am delighted to have featured in Paula Williams’ latest excellent blog, chatting about some of my inspirations as a writer. You can read the full interview at

https://paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/where-does-crime-writer-john-dean-get-his-ideas-from/

Posted by John Dean on November 4, 2019 at 9:39

Can you really trust a crime writer?

I will deliver two free talks in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland in November, both of them looking at the conversation between writer and reader. The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and I will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!

What do I mean by that? Well, convention dictates…

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Posted by John Dean on October 22, 2019 at 9:23

Blizzard faces up to conflict

Time and time again in my writing, I come back to the theme of conflict., It is what makes fiction work.

But why is it important? Because stories need things to happen and that usually comes out of conflict - characters argue, fight, feud etc. It is through seeing characters in conflict that we see them at their truest, when their guard is…

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Posted by John Dean on October 12, 2019 at 19:30

What's On - talks, festivals, workshops and courses

Book Week Scotland talks announced

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean will help library-goers in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a talk looking at the conversation between writer and reader.

The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and John will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!

He will give talks at: Tuesday 19th November – Dalry Library 11.00am

Thursday 21st November – Kirkcudbright Library 2.00pm

Both events are free but places must booked from Kirkcudbright or Dalry Customer Service Centres or by dropping into the venues::

Kirkcudbright Customer Service Centre – Tel: 01557 332516

Dalry Customer Service Centre – Tel: 01644 430234

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series. He lives near Castle Douglas.

You can find out more about Book Week Scotland at https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

Best-selling author announces 2020 writing workshop dates

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean has announced the 2020 dates for weekend writing workshops at his home near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.

He will run two courses, based around sense of place and the mechanics of storytelling,  from his 19th Century home set in rolling countryside on the weekends of July 4/5 and August 22/23, 2020.

The workshop will be suitable for writers of all prose genres and will be ideal for either individuals, including those planning to holiday in the area, or writing groups.

John said: “This will be the third year that we have run these workshops and the feedback has been very positive.

“The opportunity to stand back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on writing is clearly something that appeals to writers.

“The workshops have inspired some very creative work and, at a time when more and more publishing opportunities are opening up, the writers taking part have appreciated advice on how to impress a publisher or agent with their work.”

The cost is £95 per person, including catering, and you can find out more by emailing Inscribe Media Limited, of which John is a director, on deangriss@btinternet.com The course is non-residential but advice can be offered on local B and Bs/hotels.

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I am delighted that the dates for the next creative writing course at Kirkudbright Galleries have been announced.

Writing Course with Author John Dean - October 18-December 6, 2019

Kirkudbright Galleries, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway

The course will examine ways in which prose writers, be it those creating short stories or novels, can trigger a reaction in their reader. The eight-week course will guide participants through a number of thought-provoking writing exercises, to enhance their skills as writers. Beginner writers are welcomed on this course.

Every Friday for eight weeks | 10:30am – 12:30pm 

More information at

https://www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk/event/writing-course-with-author-john-dean/

 

Author launches online crime fiction course

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based near Castle Douglas and which is running the courses.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enroll, students will be offered ongoing one-to-one feedback on their work, be it short stories or novels.

John, who is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful in a very competitive market.

“Crime fiction remains hugely popular and, hopefully, I can help aspiring writers to develop their ideas, and because it is online it does not matter where they live. In recent years, I have worked with writers from everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be led by John.

The course costs £75. For further details you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com

Talks

John gives talks on crime writing to organisations ranging from library reading groups and writing groups to men's forums. He also delivers creative writing workshops at venues including arts centres and libraries. He can be contacted on deangriss@btinternet.com

Forum

Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundingsWriters! Fancy writing in a house on a hill? Looking to…Continue

Started by John Dean Feb 4.

Libraries Champions

John is one of the new Libraries Champions based in England, Scotland and Wales, appointed by The Crime Writers’ Association in Summer 2018.The trio take over from Ruth Dudley Edwards, the CWA’s very first Libraries Champion. The new champions are…Continue

Started by John Dean Sep 12, 2018.

Blizzard series 1 Reply

I have read a number of the Blizzard series on Kindle—Strange Littke Girl,The Railway Man, The Secrets Man and The Long Dead. Got The Latch Man from a third party seller on Amazon. Are there others in the series?

Started by Deborah Kaback. Last reply by John Dean Aug 8, 2018.

Creating something special

For me, there are plenty of examples of stories which are well written - well-crafted and technically competent. Often, they are very, very good indeed.But they do not always enjoy success, be it winning competitions or catching the eye of…Continue

Started by John Dean Mar 16, 2018.

 
 
 

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