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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!

World’s Biggest Bribe Scandal

April 1, 2016

When I read the details of the years of investigation into Unaoil’s corruption and bribery worldwide, undertaken by a team of investigative journalists from Fairfax Media and the Huffington Post, my first thought – true life is often crazier and more shocking than fiction, and my second thought – Olivia Wolfe would have loved to investigate this corruption scandal. Even though in book one of her new thriller series that kicks off with DEVOUR in July this year, I can see her working with other journalists in future books, as  has happened in real life with the Unaoil scandal.

Congratulations to those journalists!

Sadly, investigative journalism is a dying art because it costs money to fund such investigations over months, even years. But without such journalists striving to uncover the stories the powerful don’t wish us to know, what is the role of the media? To regurgitate press releases? To report what they are fed at press conferences? To peddle gossip as some of the tabloids do? Now that journalists have exposed this bribery scandal, our international criminal investigations units, including the FBI, are starting to look into these claims. Doesn’t the media have a role in keeping the powerful honest? And exposing those who are not? In assisting our law enforecement agencies?

Let me know what you think on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to read your views.

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New thriller series with Little, Brown Publishing

January 31, 2016

I’m really excited to share with you the news that the Little, Brown Book Group  and Hachette Australia is publishing my new Olivia Wolfe thriller series.

If you’ve enjoyed THIRST and THE GENESIS FLAW, and you love action, adventure, high stakes, danger, fast pace, far-flung location, mysteries, intriguing characters and a “kick arse” central character (this is how my publisher described Olivai Wolfe – thanks Krystyna Green), then you’re sure to love this new series.

Here’s me with my Hachette Australia publishing team planning the book launch at their Sydney office, enjoying tea and cake. What a great start! Thanks guys!

I will share the title very soon so please watch this space. Due for publication in Australia in July 2016 and in the UK in Januray 2017.

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GoodReads asks: why is there a lack of female thriller authors in Oz?

January 26, 2016

I really enjoy reading my reviews on GoodReads and a reader called Michael recently posed an interesting question:

“It’s nice to see a female (why is there a lack of thrillers written by women within Australia?) can write a thriller just as exciting as something written by Riley.”

Good question! Australia has Kathryn Fox and wonderful female psychological thriller authors like Jaye Ford as well as great female detective-based crime fiction authors like Kathrine Howell, but when it comes to action/conspiracy/techno thrillers few women seem to write this sub-genre, and this is not just from within Australia. For me, Tess Gerritsen in the USA stands out as an exceptional thriller author with strong female central characters, but thinking about it, the majority of authors I love to read are male: James Rollins, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Clive Cussler and so on.

All I know is that I love the fast pace, action, adventure and high stakes of thrillers and that’s why I write them, and I hope that, by creating engaging, resilient and resourceful female central characters, both sexes will read and love this genre as much as I do.

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Well deserved! Diamond Dagger 2016 goes to Peter James

January 24, 2016

I am so happy that my friend, crime fiction author Peter James, has won the prestigious CWA Diamond Dagger. Very well deserved! Not only is he a dedicated and brilliant author but he is hugely supportive of other writers and a delight to be with. He’s shared many a helpful insight into the book publishing world with me and has given his endorsement to my funny mystery, Monty & Me, written under the pseudonym Louisa Bennet! We first some years ago when we were both at The Sydney Writers Festival and more recently I caught up with him and his wife, Lara, and their two dogs, cat and ducks at their house in Sussex, England. Please join me in congratulating Peter through his Facebook and Twitter sites.

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Danger, action and adrenaline-pumping tension

January 15, 2016

Do you love the idea of writing your own crime or thriller novel? Can you spend a weekend in Sydney with me and aspiring authors for my Crime Fiction and Thriller Writing weekend course on 6 and 7 February 2016 at the Australian Writers Centre?

The top 10 living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and that figure just keeps rising. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents? Or are you a fan of fast-paced, high stakes thrillers with a hero plunged into danger on a seemingly impossible mission? Crime and thriller novels dominate the bestseller lists around the world. Just think of Michael Connelly, Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwall, Janet Evanovich or Michael Robotham? Or shows like The Bourne Identity, Law and Order, Sherlock and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • different types of crime fiction and thrillers – and what kind of story yours is
  • core ‘ingredients’ of a detective story and a classic thriller
  • techniques to discover your story
  • researching your story
  • creating intriguing and well-rounded central characters
  • opening paragraphs to your novel, hooking your reader
  • creating a sense of place in your story
  • writing action scenes
  • managing pace and building suspense
  • discovering your story’s climax
  • publishing options available, and the market for crime fiction and thrillers today.
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