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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!

Warringah library

October 15, 2012

I’ll be talking about my adventures in Antarctic researching my latest thriller, THIRST, and will be accompanied by Stephen Martin, whose comprehensive book The History of Antarctica is about to be released as a second and updated edition.

Warringah Library Multifunction Room

Thurs 18th Oct 6:30pm for 7pm start. Light refreshments served.

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Sydney Writers’ Centre loves thriller writing course

Here is a link to the Sydney Writers’ Centre newsletter. In it, you’ll see that the centre’s founder, Valerie Khoo, loves my thriller writing course and the next one begins on 25th Oct (5 week evening course). Thanks, Valerie, for your kind words. The truth is, I love teaching thriller writing and want to encourage new Australian thriller authors.

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The elephant in the room

October 14, 2012

A good friend and fellow author Tony Wilson has self-published a wonderful children’s book called The Elephant in the Room. It is beautifully illustrated by Greg Ure. It sparkles with Tony’s usual sense of fun and the charming way he views the world.

There’s an iPad version ($6.95) and a Windows version ($6.95) and they can be purchased through Tony’s website.

This is what Tony has to say about how he came up with the idea for the story:

“The idea was simply to bring the adult expression to life in a literal sense. There is an elephant. There are rooms. Everyone ignores the elephant in the room. Everyone also ignores the elephant in the bath, the pool, the tree, the bed, the grass. The elephant gets sick of being ignored, makes her way to the sink, fill her trunk with water  … do you really want to know how it ends? Do you? I won’t tell, suffice to say the whole family survives and so does the elephant. Indeed The Elephant in the Room 2: The Attention Horde is already at second draft stage, slated for release in 2018. Andy Griffiths said: ‘Very cool and very funny. I can give you no higher compliment than to say that I wish I’d written it!’ ”

Here’s the blog about how it was written, and how rhinoceroses got involved.

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Love Genre fiction? Writing genre fiction?

October 6, 2012

GenreCon is a three-day convention for Australian fans and professionals working within the fields of romance, mystery, science fiction, crime, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and more. One part party, one part celebration of “genre fiction”. It’s on 2-4 November 2012 at Rydges Hotel in Parramatta, Sydney. I will be there encouraging new authors of thrillers and crime fiction, and look forward to meeting you. If you see me, please come up and say Hi. This event is going to be popular, so get your tickets early:

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