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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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Dead Hill, the first DCI Jack Harris crime novel, has attracted more than 50 reviews on Amazon. The novel is set against a backdrop of illegal birds’ egg collecting in the North Pennines and you can see what the reviewers made of it at…Continue
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Delighted that the latest DCI Harris novel Thou Shalt Kill (The Book Folks) is riding high in the Amazon Kindle best-seller charts and attracting some complimentary reviews.
Telling the story of a double murder in a remote upland community, it can be bought at …Continue
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Just lately, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching, and giving a number of talks, on the idea of ideas and during my research I came across these excellent quotes:
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I have talked to quite a few aspiring writers lately, who although loving short stories have decided to have a crack at producing a novel as well.…Continue
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As the years have progressed, my writing has become more spare, less adjectives, more story.
I have learned the need for this approach from various sources; skilled editors at my publishers, reading good fiction (and bad, you can learn a lot from bad…Continue
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The Railway Man is on special offer at the moment. Veteran crime-solver DCI John Blizzard is confronted with his hardest case yet when a boxer and wide boy is found…Continue
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What brings hardened city gangland figures to the North Pennines and one of them to his violent death? DCI Jack Harris must find out…Continue
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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 this is a reminder that 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…Continue
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At the heart of every crime novel is a strong story. But how do you put it all together? Well, at the heart of any interesting story is the way characters overcome obstacles through their own skills…Continue
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