Tales my Great Aunt told me. 2: fame and infamy.

My colourful great aunt in Cardiff passed on many tales about my Welsh family, and I quickly concluded, even as a child, that they were mostly fairy tales. Her stories did not begin with “Once upon a time,” and end with “They all lived happily ever after.” They were more hints, a word or sentencesContinue reading “Tales my Great Aunt told me. 2: fame and infamy.”

A Shadow on the Lens – Sam Hurcom

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This week Sam Hurcom gives a taster from his excellent debut novel – a gothic, wonderfully dark tale. This extract has been taken from my first gothic crime novel, A Shadow on the Lens, published by Orion in 2019. The novel follows Metropolitan police special investigator and forensic photographer, Thomas…

War, Law and Survival

My latest Science Fiction book, Making Waves (sequel to Inside Out), came out last months and, like Inside Out, it’s an adventure story, focussed on a handful of characters, with a bit of humour and some hopefully thrilling action. But underneath all that, it’s a story of claims to territory by a superpower armed withContinue reading “War, Law and Survival”

Tales my Great Aunt told me. 1: rape and high treason

I had a great aunt. She was the sort of great aunt that you would conjure up if you wanted to invent a great aunt. Always straight-faced, apparently straight-laced, and thoroughly wicked. I remember the exquisite agony of accompanying her, when I was a child, along the Crwys Road in Cardiff, pausing at every greengrocerContinue reading “Tales my Great Aunt told me. 1: rape and high treason”

Location, Location: Devil’s Acre

I’ve spent a lifetime researching my family tree. It was never in the hope of finding an aristocrat, statesman, general or explorer among my ancestors. I just wanted to connect with generation upon generation of ancestors, probably all ditch-diggers and swineherds, who had clung on through thin and thinner, back into the mists of history.Continue reading “Location, Location: Devil’s Acre”

BOOKCASE – Not One Of Us by Alis Hawkins

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In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from one of their books. This week, Alis Hawkins?reveals the?importance of opening?pages to her latest novel, Not One Of Us. The opening page of a book is crucial. Along with the cover image and the blurb on…

How Travel Broadens the Mind

Whatever genre I write in, I always write about people plucked out of their comfort zone by a traumatic event that turns their world upside down. The question is always how do they deal with it? Do they crumble? Do they meekly adapt? Or do they find hidden strengths within themselves to take on theContinue reading “How Travel Broadens the Mind”

Caught Doing the Bear by Leslie Scase

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Each week, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to tell us a bit about themselves and their writing. In this fascinating article, Leslie Scase tackles the difficult matter of getting the language right in historical fiction. In this article I am going to express some of my personal views on the…

Style, Design and the Future

How futuristic does futuristic science fiction have to be? How do we imagine our descendants will be living, five or six generations down the line? Judging from science fiction on films and TV, we do appear to be convinced of one thing – that doors will be a very odd shape in the future. Personally,Continue reading “Style, Design and the Future”

Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi

I’ve had six novels published, some contemporary, some historical, and now I’m going mad and publishing a SciFi novel set a couple of centuries in the future. In theory, it should be more of a challenge to write about a time that we know nothing about and situations that may never happen, with people whoContinue reading “Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi”