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Blizzard series

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…

Started by Deborah Kaback

1 Aug 8
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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…

Started by John Dean

0 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. I…

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0 Mar 16

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 har…

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0 Mar 16

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 d…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16

What makes good writing?

What makes good writing? I think good writing is good writing because it triggers responses in its readers. Readers say ‘I have been in tha…

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0 Mar 16

Where do ideas come from?

I’ve been doing a lot of teaching, and giving talks, on the idea of ideas lately and came across these excellent quotes. ·         People a…

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0 Mar 16

The unreliable narrator

I recently taught a course part of which focused on the unreliable narrator, a character who tells a story that the reader cannot take at f…

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0 Mar 16

What makes good crime fiction?

Following the news that we are to run an online crime fiction course, I thought it would be useful to look at how to write a good crime st…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16

Journalism

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

Started by John Dean

0 Feb 18, 2011

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"Hi Deborah Thanks for this. The hardbook versions of the early Blizzard books (including The Latch Man) were published by Hale but are no longer in print. My new publisher the Book Folks has re-published some of the original books (reworked for a…"
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Blizzard series

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?
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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 to run a creative writing workshop at the 19th Century house on the weekend…See More
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Memories of redundancy which created a novel

The idea for my DCI John Blizzard novel A Breach of Trust, published by the Book Folks, grew through my experiences as a newspaper journalist in the eighties and nineties.During that time, I reported on many business closures, from mines to factories, shipyards to shops, and witnessed the devastating effect that they had on people and communities.As a newspaper man I myself worked at several titles which went through rounds of job cutting and each time strong emotions were evoked in the…See More
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A good place to start

As a writer, I am always inspired by a sense of place. Whether it be a gloomy city or a stunning hillside, a glass-strewn council estate or a majestic waterfall, something about my surroundings repeatedly triggers ideas.Let me take you back a few years to a hillside in the North Pennines in an attempt to show you what I mean.I…See More
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John Dean commented on John Dean's blog post In search of an idea for a novel
"Hi Deborah Thank you for this. Yes, working on one now but the next one to come out will be the latest in the Blizzard series, which was finished earlier in the year Thank you for all your support John"
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