Category Archives: Crime Writers

Where do ideas come from? And who killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?

  Often it’s hard to get a writing project started. It’s also difficult to find the time to write, to think outside the box and to bring your writing to a place it’s never been before. As I swelter in … Continue reading

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‘£100 POUNDS REWARD – MURDER!’

‘£100 POUNDS REWARD – MURDER!’  What do you think of this for an opening line of a crime novel? The opening line is from The Mystery of the Hansom Cab written by Fergus Hume. Most writers know a great first line in … Continue reading

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All About the Girl

  ‘If a man truly desires to write, then he will. Rejection and ridicule will only strengthen him…The luck of the world. Go with it, send it. (Charles Bukowski)   I haven’t had much time lately for blogging. The reason? … Continue reading

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Escape to the Country- the power of words

‘My Obliging Significant Other’ (Moso) is more your arty type than your literary type  so I wasn’t entirely convinced he’d want to accompany me to yet another writers’ festival, (especially as it had been raining most of the week). It wasn’t until I mentioned the words: country … Continue reading

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WHAT A LITTLE GEM

Tucked away between two imposing buildings in Pitt Street in up-town Sydney is the The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA).  I doubt many Sydney-siders even know this little gem of a place exists. But before you jump to the conclusion … Continue reading

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ON THE BEACH

I’m on the Gold Coast at the moment. A week ago I left Sydney and headed north with the aim of finishing the novel I’ve been working on for the past 18 months. I was also hoping for warmer weather, … Continue reading

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WHY ARE YOU ON THE ROAD?

Yesterday I attended a six-hour crime writing workshop at the New South Wales Writers Centre with Barry Maitland, a Scottish born, Australian author of crime fiction. Barry’s first crime novel was the Marx Sisters, published in 1994. Since then he has … Continue reading

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