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July 30, 2014

Talking About Writing: Antarctica

Antarctica is an enduring source of inspiration for writers and artists, with its bleak, alien landscapes and its utter remoteness from the developed world. This Thursday […]
June 10, 2014

Criminal Characters

What makes a compelling central character? Mystery and suspense novels, by their very nature, demand complex and intriguing plots. But an ingenious plot is wasted if […]
May 19, 2014

Writing detective crime fiction

I ran a detective crime fiction course recently at the NSW Writers’ Centre and I kicked off with a very brief history of the detective novel […]
April 5, 2014

Beating my own drum

After being on the receiving end of Chinese censorship, I wonder if China’s ever-widening powers over free speech will even be discussed when Tony Abbott’s trade […]
April 4, 2014

When is censorship, not censorship?

Fascinating piece in The Sydney Morning Herald by Nick Galvin on 2 April 2014. It has to be read to be believed. Follow this link to […]
April 1, 2014

Fiction author censored by Chinese Government through its printers

I never thought I’d see the day when my thrillers would come to the attention of the Chinese Government. But THIRST, my Antarctic thriller, has done […]
March 26, 2014

To plot or not to plot? That old chestnut

I’m preparing my notes for a crime fiction workshop I’ll be running at the NSW Writers’ Centre in May – The Criminal Element. The focus is on […]
February 26, 2014

Cli-Fi: can fiction save the planet?

In the Climate Spectator of 25 January the author, David Holmes, asks the following question: Cli-Fi: could a literary genre save the planet? The article begins […]
August 27, 2013

On Capturing Mood

This article on Capturing Mood appeared in WQ Magazine’s August 2013 edition. ‘My task, which I am trying to achieve, is by the power of the […]

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