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Truth and Lies in Police Procedurals (Part 2) by M.J. Ford
Posted by M.J. Ford in , .

Commercial crime fiction almost always demands resolution. It’s implicitly understood that when a reader buys a crime novel the case will be solved, and the subsequent prosecution will be airtight;...

Making the Most of Social Isolation: Start That Book!
Posted by Sam Blake in , .

While it’s hard to find postive elements of the current global crisis, one thing many of us have is more time on our hands – working from home (avoiding the...

Truth and Lies in Police Procedurals (Part 1) by M.J. Ford
Posted by M.J. Ford in , .

In September 2019, Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in London, gave an interview to the Radio Times magazine. She was asked her opinion of two well-loved TV...

Researching a New Crime Thriller Series by Rachel Amphlett
Posted by Rachel Amphlett in , .

When the idea for a new detective novel, None the Wiser popped into my head at the end of 2017, I had to be careful that the investigation team followed...

Five Top Tips for a Long-Term Writing Career by Elisabeth Gifford
Posted by Elisabeth Gifford in , .

Let’s say you’ve survived the shock that writing a novel actually means what feels like writing that same novel several times over with lots of drafts and changes of plans...

Behind the Bestseller: Get the Inside Track

Sam Blake writes writes bestselling thrillers – her latest Keep Your Eyes on Me has been in the Irish top ten for eight weeks (and is currently 25% off at...

So, where do you find your ideas? by Andrea Mara
Posted by Andrea Mara in , .

“Where do you find your ideas?” someone asked me recently, perhaps not expecting me to take her so literally as I settled down to fill her in. It’s one of...

How to Write a Great Plot Twist: Really Useful Links by Amanda...

I had a discussion last week about plot twists with another writer. Love them or hate them, they are often the cause for discussion and if you want to know...

How to Start a Novel: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans
Posted by Amanda J Evans in , , .

For this week’s column, I thought I’d take a look at how to start a novel. It’s February, spring is in the air and with new growth taking place, what...

Short Story Writers: Perseverance is Key by Billy O’Callaghan
Posted by Billy O'Callaghan in , .

Over the years I have facilitated many creative writing workshops, almost always with a focus on the short story. Mainly, this is because short stories are my true love. As...