Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival 2021

After years of queuing up to attend one book event after another, not to mention helping Judith Barrow to run the Narberth Book Fair, 2020 crashed into the barriers, everything was cancelled – no book fairs, no signings, not real-life book launches. A chance for me to discover just how much I miss proper contactContinue reading “Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival 2021”

BOOKCASE with Alison Layland

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from their books. This week, Alison Layland writes in praise of the prologue in crime fiction, with illustrations from her novels, Someone Else’s Conflict and Riverflow. Begin at the beginning Sound, if obvious, advice. But where is the…

Welsh Murder Book. Alis Hawkins

Originally posted on Jenny O'Brien HQ:
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY Hi everyone, today I have the very great pleasure of inviting Alis Hawkins onto my Welsh Murder Book. Over to you, Alis. My Wales I write historical fiction in two different periods – medieval fiction set largely in and around a fictitious medieval university city…

The Unravelling: Mines and Daisies

I’ve written about families rocked by crime, about hidden secrets and domestic violence, where the criminals are close relatives or complete strangers, but I usually accept the normal assumption that they will be adults, even if children can be their victims. In The Unravelling I broke free to write about criminal intent among children. KarenContinue reading “The Unravelling: Mines and Daisies”

Home, Hearth and Murder: domestic drama

Back in 1816, Jane Austen (yes, I always try to bring her into anything if I can) commiserated with her nephew when he reported that he had lost two whole chapters of his own tentative novel. She hadn’t stolen them, she promised. “What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited Sketches, full of VarietyContinue reading “Home, Hearth and Murder: domestic drama”

It’s a Crime

Crime Fiction comes in many forms – international thrillers, historical mysteries, psychological dramas, police procedurals, court dramas, cosy crime… the sub-genres are endless, but they all dwell on crime. What is the appeal? Real life crime comes in many sub-divisions too, but crime fiction ignores most of them. You don’t get thrillers centring on crimesContinue reading “It’s a Crime”

There is Still Crime!Wilderness by B.E Jones. #Review #crime #WeekendReads

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
THE WELSH CRIME WRITING COLLECTIVE Crime Cymru has three main aims.– To support crime writers with a real and present relationship with Wales– To help in the development of new writing talent– To promote Wales, Welsh culture and Welsh crime writing in particular, to the wider world. 2020, a year…

What’s in a Genre?

When I first moved from seriously obsessive scribbling to trying to get someone else to appreciate what I’d written, the first question confronting me was ‘what genre do I write in?’ People want to know. At least publishers want to know, and agents and librarians and book shop owners, not to mention readers. This canContinue reading “What’s in a Genre?”

Crime with a Welsh Twist

Everyone knows Scandi Noir. Scottish Crime Writing is a phenomenon that makes its voice heard loudly. Not so many people know about Welsh crime writing, though they have probably watched Welsh crime dramas like Hinterland and Keeping Faith. But there are a lot of Welsh crime writers (like me) and we have a Presence: weContinue reading “Crime with a Welsh Twist”