Novels

The origins of a crime writer
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The origins of a crime writer

Since I finally ‘came out’ as a crime writer last spring, with the publication of Her Last Chance, the first in the DI Crow crime thriller series, the questions I’ve been asked most by those who know me is, ‘Where did the urge to write crime come from?’ usually followed by ‘What on earth goes on in your head?’ After all, once I yank my leopard print shopping trolley out of the cupboard and head off to the local supermarket, the only crime-busting hero I remotely resemble is Miss Marple.

Swimming against the tide – writing about narcissism
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Swimming against the tide – writing about narcissism

A little about my third book, which takes me in a new direction, and into some potentially treacherous waters… In this novel, a bunch of private Caribbean islands band together to create a brand new nation, the ‘People’s Republic of Love’, governed by the citizen with the most followers on social media.

Writers Unmuted
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Writers Unmuted

We’re back! Yes like most other people we’ve been quiet for a while, but we have been busy too. We’ve  watered our gardens, we’ve baked our bread and zoomed from time to time but we’ve also changed things and done things, so welcome to our new name and web presence. No special reason, just time…

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From the Spanish Civil War to Snakes and Ladders

Two book launches in the last month! It’s been a bumper summer for Writers Unchained members. A Forbidden Love Kerry Postle launched her fabulous second book A Forbidden Love at Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books in Bristol this July. The audience were fascinated to hear about where Kerry’s research had taken her – into the intricacies…

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Summer news: publishing deals for Heather and Ali

Hello fellow writers and readers and apologies for being off the scene for a while. However we have some excellent news to report and can also give you the heads-up for our next  event in October, part of the annual Bristol Litfest extravaganza. First, the good news. In between all that short story action last year,…

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Historical novelist Margaret Skea on how she freed herself from the tyranny of truth

In the second in our series of posts on the theme of Unchained, we’re welcoming award-winning historical novelist Margaret Skea.  I really love how Margaret creates absolute authenticity (fuelled by meticulous research) without ever burdening the reader or losing sight of the plot, which in the case of A House Divided is a real roller-coaster…