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John Dean's crime writing career

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

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

Strange Little Girl eb pb

The Railway Man eb pb

The Secrets Man eb

 

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

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 and find loads of free tips on our blogshere.

 

 

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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

May is National Crime Readers’ Month (NCRM), a unique literary festival held throughout the UK, which promotes the crime genre, both fiction and non fiction.…

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Posted by John Dean on April 19, 2018 at 11:00

Crime fiction prize longlist is published

Big hitters including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid feature on the longlist for the most prestigious crime writing prize in the country.

The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.

2018 marks the 14th year of the …

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Posted by John Dean on April 16, 2018 at 15:00

Author to give talk in Wigtown

Best-selling crime writer John Dean is to give a talk to the Mystery Readers’ Group at Wigtown Library in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday 28…

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Posted by John Dean on April 16, 2018 at 12:15

How to create strong characters

You can create the finest landscapes, the greatest stories, the most remarkable writing but you can not make your stories live unless you have characters. They are your vehicle to tell the story.

Characters have jobs to do within the story, making things…

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Posted by John Dean on April 16, 2018 at 10:52

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Author to talk at Festival event

Join crime writer John Dean at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26.

John, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where his ideas come from in a talk entitled A Scream in the Night, which will include a look at the inspiration behind The Vixen's Scream, one of his Harris novels set in the North Pennines.

Price: Free event, no booking required


Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington, County Durham


Date and time: 26th May 4pm-5pm

Full programme details can be found at http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/artsfest-literary-day/

This event is part of National Crime Reading Month run by the Crime Writers’ Association, of which John is a member, and the Crime Readers’ Association.

Author to give talk in Wigtown

Best-selling crime writer John Dean is to give a talk to the Mystery Readers’ Group at Wigtown Library in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday 28th May from 2pm – 3pm.

This free event is part of National Crime Reading Month run by the Crime Writers’ Association, of which John is a member, and the Crime Readers’ Association.

Crime writer to give talk at village hall

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean is to give a talk at the Village Hall in Gelston near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway,  in June.

John, whose books regularly feature in the best-selling charts on Amazon, is the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.

The writer, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where his ideas come from at the village hall from 7pm on Wednesday June 6. Entrance is £3, paid on the door.

John, who moved into the Castle Douglas area late last year with his family, will deliver a talk entitled A Scream in The Night.

He said: “Crime fiction is a hugely popular genre and I plan to talk about the inspiration for my novels. Anything, whether it be a chance comment, an article in a newspaper or an atmospheric building, can spark a train of thought that leads to a story. My talk will reveal the story behind some of my novels.”

More information can be obtained by emailing deangriss@btinternet.com

Available for bookings

I give talks on crime writing to organisations ranging from library reading groups and writing groups to men's forums.

I also deliver creative writing workshops at a venues, including arts centres and libraries. 

I can be contacted on 07889 554931 or by email at deangriss@btinternet.com

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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

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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

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Getting it right from the beginning

One of my students came up with a cracking first line the other day and it got me thinking about one of my favourite topics.A busy and harassed judge/editor/agent reads so much that anything that makes them notice you has got to be good. Compelling,…Continue

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How to create charcters

A lot of my teaching focuses on characters (they are at the heart of my classes, they are, after all, our major tools as writers).So how do you create them? Here’s some thoughts: * Maybe base them on people you know but beware of the law. Don’t lift…Continue

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