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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

Larkin's Latest

Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

black and white characters or shades of grey?

November 12, 2012

I have been involved in an online discussion with thriller authors Russell Warnberg, Tom Bryson, Segedy Michael, Laurence Atelier and Sean Smith on whether thrillers reflect the political divide.

The debate has moved on to the whether people are simply good or evil and therefore should characters in thrillers be portrayed that way?

I personally don’t believe that people are either all good or all evil. I enjoy reading and writing stories in which the characters are not black and white, and both hero and villain have flaws and redeeming qualities. What could be more fascinating in a psychological thriller than a mass murderer who is a loving father? I enjoy conveying to my readers what motivates my villains to do the terrible things they do – how they arrived at their political world view. Let us not forget that a terrorist believes what they are doing is right, just as the victims believe their world view is right. Violence to achieve an outcome is a terrible thing and should be condemned but my point is that I think characters should reflect the complexity of human beings. In THIRST I allow the reader to glimpse a brief act of humanity by the villain and there is a moment in the story when a reader might even pity him. That doesn’t stop the reader from also feeling horror at what he is about to do.

I am keen to hear what my readers think on this topic? It’s fun and interesting to hear people’s often very different views.

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Love reading thrillers? The International Thriller Writers gives you the news, the giveaways

November 9, 2012

I have just set up a giveaway competition for THIRST on the International Thriller Writers website (ITW) and wanted to let you know.

The ITW is a wonderful organisation which is all about thriller-loving readers having access to news and giveaways from thriller writers world-wide. Follow this link to the ITW website.

To enter the book giveaway, you’ll need to be have signed up for The Big Thrill, which is emailed each month. Get news and information on the latest thrillers along with in-depth stories and interviews PLUS a chance to win first edition signed thrillers by your favorite authors! Here is the link to the book giveaway and details on how to join up.

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So excited! Going to Perth Writers’ Festival 2013.

I am soooooo excited to be invited to the Perth Writers’ Festival 2013. Here is a link to the festival’s website.

Thu 21 Feb 2013 – Sun 24 Feb 2013

Perth Writers Festival brings you sublime writing and fresh ideas from the world’s best writers and thinkers. Celebrate the power of the written word in a weekend that will thrill, provoke and move you.

Join us in the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia for readings, talks, debates, workshops and more as you meet your favourite authors in the relaxed Festival environment.

Full program of sessions released in January.

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Enjoyed my chat at Abbeys bookstore

November 7, 2012

I was signing some books at Abbeys Bookstore in the Sydney CBD when Craig did a quick interview and I’m delighted to see he has included it in the Abbeys November newsletter. You can read it by following this link. I had great fun and thanks to everyone at Abbeys for supporting THIRST.

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Campbelltown City library talk

October 29, 2012

Join me at 7pm on Wednesday 7th November at Campbelltown City Library when I will be talking about how an author researches a story, my time in Antarctica, and how those experiences informed my latest thriller, THIRST. I will be showing some images from Antarctica – penguins and all!This is a free event and light refreshment is provided. I hope to see you there!

Location: Corner of Hurley Street and Camden Road

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