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Added by John Dean on August 21, 2019 at 10:27 — No Comments

New DCI John Blizzard title is published

The latest DCI John Blizzard is out, the seventh in the series published by The Book Folks.

In A Flicker in the Night, a spate of murderous arson attacks evokes bitter memories for stalwart detective John Blizzard…It was a defining moment in DCI John Blizzard’s early career when he caught a notorious arsonist on a killing spree.

Yet…

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Added by John Dean on August 20, 2019 at 9:32 — No Comments

When you cannot trust what you are being told

I am currently teaching a creative writing course, part of which focuses on the unreliable narrator, a character who tells a story that the reader cannot take at face value.…

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Added by John Dean on August 15, 2019 at 9:40 — No Comments

Detail, detail, detail...

What turns a story from good to very good? For me, it is that extra something. That attention to detail on the part of the author.

Whether it be the description of a place that makes you shiver because you feel the chill air coming off the hills, or a portrayal of a character so…

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Added by John Dean on August 12, 2019 at 13:41 — No Comments

Stay with me, dear reader, this is going to be good!

One of the key things that I tell my creative writing students is that the opening lines of their stories are crucial.

Why? Because harassed publishers, overworked agents and readers with a mass of choice all need grabbing within moments of picking up the book/short…

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Added by John Dean on August 6, 2019 at 10:42 — No Comments

Second collection is published

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…

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Added by John Dean on August 1, 2019 at 13:59 — No Comments

Some hints on crime writing

Since we are running an online crime fiction course, I thought it would be useful to look at some of the rules of how to write a good crime story:

* The story should be strong and have plenty of depth (most crime stories are novels) * Create a strong sense of place - the reader must be able to visualise where the action happens

* Create…

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Added by John Dean on July 30, 2019 at 11:17 — No Comments

Holiday reading

Just a quick reminder that a collection containing the first three books in the…

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Added by John Dean on July 29, 2019 at 15:32 — No Comments

Places left on weekend writing course



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Added by John Dean on July 29, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Chart success

Delighted that two of my novels published by The Book Folks, the DCI Jack Harris mystery Error of Judgement and the DCI John Blizzard book Strange Little Girl, are both in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 best-sellers in Organised Crime. You can see the list at…

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Added by John Dean on July 25, 2019 at 13:23 — No Comments

Anthology to be published

I am delighted that Flame Tree Publishing have agreed a deal with the Crime Writers’ Association to publish the latest anthology of stories by CWA members, to be edited by Martin Edwards.

Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories which members have contributed to CWA anthologies from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020.

Martin said:…

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Added by John Dean on July 25, 2019 at 11:47 — No Comments

Taking the first steps as a fictional entity

I am always interested in what triggers a new character for a writer. When and how do they burst to life and take their first steps as a fictional entity? I am thinking of this because I am working on a new novel and, although some of my regulars will appear, I’ll need some new ones. Keeps the reader interested, keeps me interested.…

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Added by John Dean on July 17, 2019 at 13:32 — No Comments

Writing with pace

I have noted quite a few comments on blog sites recently, complaining about ‘slow’ stories. As a writer down the years, I have learned the hard way about the need to write with pace, through watching where my editors have deleted text. Each time they do it, it improves me as a writer.

As a creative writing tutor, I have been in the same position, working with several writers over the years who create pace, who keep the story moving, draw the reader in, then damage it by putting in…

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Added by John Dean on July 9, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

Places left for final writing course of the summer

There are still places left on the summer’s final weekend course run for writers by best-selling crime novelist John Dean 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 the course based around sense of place from his 19th Century home set in rolling countryside on the weekend of August 24/25, 2019.…

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Added by John Dean on July 8, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Nine up....





Delighted to have nine books in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 Organised Crime book charts,…

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Added by John Dean on July 4, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

All is well

I have given a couple of talks on crime writing recently in which the same question cropped up in the Q and A afterwards – ‘Is it important to you that your detectives solve the crime?’

It’s a good question. Of course, in real life many crimes go unsolved, even murders (for which…

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Added by John Dean on July 4, 2019 at 9:08 — No Comments

Online crime fiction course

Best-selling crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

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

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the…

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Added by John Dean on July 4, 2019 at 8:39 — No Comments

Talking of love...

Delighted to say that The Inkers…

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Added by John Dean on July 2, 2019 at 15:15 — No Comments

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Added by John Dean on July 2, 2019 at 10:49 — No Comments

Loads of Blizzard

Just a quick reminder that 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.…

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Added by John Dean on July 2, 2019 at 9:41 — No Comments

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One thing (among many) that I have learned over the years, and continue to learn, from reading fiction and observing the changes proposed by my editors, is the importance of pace.Learning how to write a narrative with the right pace is one of the most crucial skills an author can acquire.Get it wrong and you are jeopardising your chances of success. Get it right and you are onto something because it keeps the reader turning the pages.I take a lot of time over editing to ensure that the pace is…See More
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New DCI John Blizzard title is published

The latest DCI John Blizzard is out, the seventh in the series published by The Book Folks.In A Flicker in the Night, a spate of murderous arson attacks evokes bitter memories for stalwart detective John Blizzard…It was a defining moment in DCI John Blizzard’s early career when he caught a notorious arsonist on a killing spree.Yet despite the culprit, Reginald Morris,…See More
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When you cannot trust what you are being told

I am currently teaching a creative writing course, part of which focuses on the unreliable narrator, a character who tells a story that the reader cannot take at face value.The course preparation work reminded me that it can be a good technique to use and one I employed when writing The Vixen’s Scream, one of the DCI Jack Harris crime novels, in which the reader is privy…See More
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Detail, detail, detail...

What turns a story from good to very good? For me, it is that extra something. That attention to detail on the part of the author.Whether it be the description of a place that makes you shiver because you feel the chill air coming off the hills, or a portrayal of a character so real they could easily walk in through the door and you would not be surprised, these are the things that give a story something extra.It might be a new idea, or a twist on an old idea, that starts you thinking, or a…See More
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Stay with me, dear reader, this is going to be good!

One of the key things that I tell my creative writing students is that the opening lines of their stories are crucial.Why? Because harassed publishers, overworked agents and readers with a mass of choice all need grabbing within moments of picking up the book/short story/manuscript.It is like the writer reaching out of the page, clutching the reader by the lapel and saying ‘don’t you dare go away, this is going to be good!’So, here are some of my thoughts on starting short stories by creating…See More
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