Creating the Maze…… – by Alis Hawkins

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
Under our themed topic of “How I Write”, this week Crime Cymru’s Alis Hawkins takes a look at a writing method used by a recent award winner and compares it with her own methodology. Creating the maze… This year’s winner of both the Gold Dagger and the Historical Dagger at…

Pants and Plots – Thorne Moore

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
In this weeks blog Crime Cymru’s Thorne Moore answers one of the regular questions authors have to field. Needless to say we all have a different spin on the answer – sounds confusing? – read on…… Pants and Plots It’s a question that authors always get asked. Are you a…

Reading, Writing and Multitasking

A really good piece of advice for novel writers is: read. Read novels, read lots of novels, read every day, keep reading. That’s the way you learn how a book works, how it is constructed, what it gives and what it takes. You learn what language can do. So any decent writer obeys this adviceContinue reading “Reading, Writing and Multitasking”

The Cold Dead Hand of the Written Word

The pen is mightier than the sword. There is an element of truth in that. The moment words are written down, they somehow acquire a power that can be quite overwhelming, as if they instantly become Fact. “I read somewhere…” “The newspaper say…” “Look, it’s written here in black and white…” Written words can beContinue reading “The Cold Dead Hand of the Written Word”

History, Legend, Myth and a Broken Obelisk

There have been many occasions when I have seen or heard something, a single image, that immediately inspired a potential story. There’s the ruined cottage two fields down from my garden. There’s the dark lane I used to walk along, coming home from Junior School, where all sorts of unpleasant people might be lurking. There’sContinue reading “History, Legend, Myth and a Broken Obelisk”

Virtues, Vices and Heroics

True to my policy of always bringing Jane Austen into any post if I can, our Jane once suggested, when writing Emma, that she was creating a heroine whom no one would like except herself. Oddly, although many readers might find Emma’s snobbery rather ridiculous, they don’t mind her at all. The Austen heroine thatContinue reading “Virtues, Vices and Heroics”

I, She and Two Tenses

Some people hate books written in the first person. Some don’t, including me. As a reader, I am not bothered one way or the other, as long as it reads appropriately. Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë are both fine by me. So, as an author, I will choose to write in either, but which IContinue reading “I, She and Two Tenses”

Setting the Scene

Here is a cute kitten. Right, now, having got your attention… what you really want to know about is my latest crime novel, Fatal Collision, published by Diamond Crime TODAY. Fatal Collision is about an artist, Nicki Bryce, who has a tragedy to deal with – the death of her husband, killed by a drunkContinue reading “Setting the Scene”

Presenting the Authors at the Honno Book Fair 7th May 2022 at the Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Today with Thorne Moore #authors

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
Introducing?my friends and fellow (or should that be sister?) authors of Honno – The longest-standing independent women’s press in the UK – who will be at the Honno Book Fair on the 7th May 2022 , 10.00am until 4.00pm, at the Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Over the next few weeks…