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In search of ideas

I have just completed my latest Jack Harris novel and have been casting around for an idea for the next John Blizzard book, which got me thinking once again about where ideas come from.For some writers, stories always start with a place, somewhere that strikes them so forcibly that the story unfolds around it.Other writers start with a character, someone so interesting,…See More
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CWA Launches High-Profile National Crime Reading Month

 The Crime Writers’ Association launches National Crime Reading Month (NCRM) this June – a major initiative designed to celebrate the genre and get the nation reading.Running in collaboration with national reading charity, The Reading Agency, bestselling authors have been appointed as regional ambassadors of NCRM across the British Isles and Ireland.Ambassadors include…See More
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Crime writers head for the hills for National Crime Reading Month

The village of Dalry, in Dumfries and Galloway, is to support National Crime Reading Month in June by staging an In Conversation With… event featuring crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Robinson, Ann Bloxwich and John Dean.National Crime Reading Month is an initiative developed and run by the Crime Writers’ Association, and is staged this year in collaboration with The…See More
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The use of humour in fiction

A writing group of which I am a member is currently involved in an exercise in which we have been challenged to write pieces of humour and this turned my thoughts to its importance in fiction, including crime.Humour is vital to creating good fiction. Even if you are not writing an out-and-out comic piece, it has a role to perform.For a start, it can create light against…See More
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Letting your fictional characters write the story

I have written in my blogs before about the way that characters can assume a life of their own and that the author has to recognise those occasions when the story is writing itself through the organic evolution of its characters.That has happened with the latest DCI Jack Harris novel which I am writing for my publisher The Book Folks. I found myself approaching the end of the first draft still unsure who the murderer was – indeed, I had changed my mind half a dozen times!It’s not that I had not…See More
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