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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 seventeen 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

The Secrets Man eb pb

To Honour the Dead eb pb 

A Breach of Trust eb pb

Thou Shalt Kill 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

 

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.

Chamber member John, author of 16 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.

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

Exploring human passions in fiction

I am developing a talk that examines writers’ fascination with the way people flout convention, be it legal, ethical or moral. The talk has been inspired, in part, by my…

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Posted by John Dean on October 18, 2018 at 14:10

Thinking differently

I have always thought - and I know I will be shot down for this in some quarters - that writers view the world differently to a lot of people.

Talking to writers certainly bears that out, though, the way a word, a phrase, an image, an idea can create a train of thought that evolves…

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Posted by John Dean on October 18, 2018 at 13:42

Depicting conflict in fiction

I am returning to a familiar theme for this blog because it will form part of my theme for the talks I give for Book Week Scotland in late November (details to be announced).

The week’s theme is…

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Posted by John Dean on October 17, 2018 at 10:29

Memories, memories...

I am interested in the journeys that writers take to their chosen way of life.

My passion for writing stretches back to my childhood. I was fortunate in…

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Posted by John Dean on October 15, 2018 at 15:34

What's On

Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Seeking inspiration for your writing? Fancy writing in a 160-year-old house on a hill? Looking to learn more about how writers draw inspiration from their surroundings? Like to find a peaceful corner of a garden to write (weather permitting!)? And all with delicious home-cooked meals?

Then a weekend course at Kettle Knowe near Castle Douglas is for you. Best-selling crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean is offering courses for your writing group at dates that can be mutually agreed.

John, author of 16 novels, currently published by London-based The Book Folks, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, will run a course based around sense of place.

The cost is £95 per person, including catering, and you can find out more by emailing deangriss@btinternet.com or ringing 07889 554931. The course is non-residential but advice can be offered on local B and Bs if required.

 

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 16 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

Gallery writing course

Creative writing workshops, led by John Dean, in the inspiring Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Friday 5th October – Friday 7th December 2018

Course continues each Friday for 10 weeks.

10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: £30 for the 10-week session when booked as a block or £3.50 per session.

To reserve your place for the course or individual sessions please select from the options below. Payment for the course or individual sessions are taken at the Kirkcudbright Galleries Welcome Desk.

** Please note due to the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light installation, the first 4 weeks of the creative writing course will take place at Daar Road Council Offices.

More information at https://www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk/event/creative-writing-course/

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 07889 554931 or by email at deangriss@btinternet.com

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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.

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.

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.

Creating intrigue

Good short stories and novels are often by writers that have a keen understanding of the need to intrigue the reader by creating tension.Intrigue works in various ways and it is an important tool if your reader is going to stick with your work.One…Continue

Started by John Dean Mar 16.

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