Walking in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers

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Happy New Year Everyone! OK, so you’re still the teensiest bit hung over from the excesses of Christmas and New Year. But now it’s 2016, and time to ditch that cabin fever. Come with me. Fill your lungs with invigorating sea air, and stride out past the creeks and coves of beautiful Cornwall. We’re in the company of busy Cornish writer, Sue Kittow, who has dropped by my blog this week to tell us about her two very entertaining books …

Getting Your Head Around the Wordcount

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I was planning to write a post today about wordcounts, and how some authors can manage a colossal output. For instance, best selling crime writer, Kerry Wilkinson, produces FOUR of his phenomenally successful DI Jessica Daniel books a year. (I don’t think he sleeps) But the prolific Val McDermid is comfortable with just one of her blockbusting novels a year. (This is her recent interview with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Check it out. It’s brilliant!) Now I love writing …

Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition – The Shortlist

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Six of the Best! If you’re a fan of crime fiction, short stories and great, exciting new authors, then you are in for a treat here. I’m delighted to introduce you to the finalists in the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition. Six brilliant tales, each of them different, each of them excellent. They have been chosen from more than a hundred entries and you can read them all on the link above. Voting closes on August 21, so there’s still …

Expletives! * Expletives! * Expletives!

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One of the advantages of my new membership of the Crime Writers’ Association is the access I now have to the members’ private Facebook Page. One of the discussions on there at the moment is about the pros and cons of swearing in books. There was a huge response from authors and I was surprised (and pleased) to discover how many crime writers didn’t think it necessary to pepper their novels with obscenities. One writer felt mild expletives were acceptable, …

Meet Catherine Ryan Howard

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This week I’m welcoming the wonderful Catherine Ryan Howard to my blog. Like so many other writers (not only self-publishers) I have long been a fan of her Catherine Caffeinated blog. Today sees the launch of her updated version of her best-selling ‘Self-Printed The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing’. So when she offered to answer bloggie type questions, I was in there like a shot. Here’s how it went. Q – Hi Catherine, You have a great blog and an …

Cornish Smugglers and Derring-do – it’s Jamaica Inn!

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Picture the scene – It’s Cornwall in the 1930s and two young women are out riding on Bodmin Moor when a fog comes down. They realise they are lost and every rock and gorse bush that appears from the swirling mist seems eerie. Eventually, in the distance, the women spot the lights of a remote inn and head towards it. The low, grey stone hostelry looks stark as they approach, and the hooves of their mounts clatter noisily on the …

 I’ve just had an idea…

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Where do ideas come from? It’s the question writers are most frequently asked – and probably the one that’s hardest to answer. Ideas come from everywhere…and nowhere. How do you explain that? They are like thistledown, Will o’ the Wisps drifting on the wind, and sometimes they can fall apart in your fingers if you attempt to reach out to capture them. Ideas can emerge from daydreaming, or materialise from nowhere when you’re bored. They are all around us, in …

The Magic of Katie Morag

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Katie Morag was one of the first books I ever bought for my granddaughters – and how they loved it. For those of you who don’t know Katie Morag, she is a small red-headed girl who lives on the fictional island of Struay, off the west coast of Scotland, where her mum is the postmistress and her dad runs the general store. Her Granny Island drives a tractor, while her other grandma, Granny Mainland, who is a bit posher, wears …

Kidnapped

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Does anyone remember Robert Louis Stevenson’s wonderful adventure novel, Kidnapped? It was published in 1886 as a ‘boys novel’. Well, I don’t know about that. I loved it. While my school friends were engrossed in the more gentile exploits of Anne of Green Gables, or up in the heady air of the Swiss mountains with Heidi, I was striding across the Scottish Highlands in the company of the dashing Alan Breck Stewart. I still have a copy of the novel …

Cosy Crime – An Interview with MC Beaton

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I’m a huge fan of Cosy Crime (so long as it’s not too cosy) I love reading it and I love writing it. Everything about the genre, from the main character, to the setting is cosy. Life happens at an easier pace here, in a place where the reader might actually like to live. There’s no blood and no gore, and no explicit sex. Readers won’t find a serial killer amongst these pages. And secondary characters may be eccentric, exasperating, …