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I give talks on crime writing to organisations ranging from library reading groups and writing groups to men's forums. I deliver creative writing workshops at a venues, including arts centres and libraries. I can be contacted on 07889 554931



Aside from my arts work, I am a freelance journalist - if you want to find out more, visit

Started by John Dean Feb 18, 2011.


John Dean's crime writing career

Welcome to my site. I am a crime novelist who was published by Robert Hale between 2004 and 2014 and now by The Book Folks

The titles are:

The Book Folks

Dead Hill eb pb

The VIxen's Scream eb pb

To Die Alone eb pb

The Long Dead eb pb

Strange Little Girl eb pb

The Railway Man eb pb

The Secrets Man eb



A Flicker in the Night

No Age to Die

The Vengeance Man

The Latch Man

The Long Dead

Strange Little Girl (all John Blizzard stories)

The Dead Hill (The first Jack Harris mystery)

The Railway Man (John Blizzard)

To Die Alone (Jack Harris)

The Secrets Man (John Blizzard) 

To Honour The Dead (Jack Harris) 

A Breach of Trust (John Blizzard)

You can buy my Book Folks titles at:

Dead Hill

The Vixen’s Scream

To Die Alone

The Long Dead

Strange Little Girl

The Railway Man

The Secrets Man

Blog Posts

Crime writing course is launched

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 12 novels published by Robert Hale, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based in Darlington in North East England, which will be offering 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…


Posted by John Dean on January 27, 2018 at 13:45

Where do writers' ideas come from?

For some writers, stories always start with a place, somewhere that strikes them  so forcibly that the story unfolds around them.

Other writers…


Posted by John Dean on January 5, 2018 at 9:44

Raising a laugh

There’s an old saying that if you are not a humorous person, don’t try to write humour.

Well, it is only part-true. It is certainly the case that a straight-laced, humourless person might well struggle to write side-splitting comedy but if you are an…


Posted by John Dean on December 4, 2017 at 14:55

Writing conflict

Why is conflict important in writing? 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 down, when they are fighting something.

You can develop a character through conflict: the meek little parlour…


Posted by John Dean on November 8, 2017 at 15:42




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