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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

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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!

Win a story about your dad as hero, written by me for Fathers Day!

August 27, 2012

My publisher, Pier 9, has set up this brilliant competition on Facebook which means you could win a story, written by me, of your dad as a thriller hero! What a fantastic gift for Fathers Day, which is rapidly approaching. So hurry because the competition ends 9:00am Saturday morning – we announce the winner Sunday morning on Father’s Day (2nd of September): https://www.facebook.com/Pier9Books/app_400458893350452

Everyone thinks of their dad as a hero, so what better way to express your appreciation of his heroic efforts through the years than immortalising him in an action-packed story written by a thriller author?

All you have to do is say in 100 characters why you think your dad is a hero and you could win:

 

– A signed copy of my latest book THIRST

– A Skype call with me to interview you and your dad

– A 500 word stand-alone story written by me featuring your dad!

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Ice Man and the King of Krill

August 19, 2012

Antarctic Diary Extract 6

We are still crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage on our way to Antarctica. All day, 10 metre swells and 60 knot winds toss the ship about: it’s like being inside a washing machine. It is impossible to read or focus on my laptop, so I do the only thing I am capable of: I listen. I head to the lecture/movie theatre in the bowels of the ship. This is a good place to be in rough seas as there is less movement down low. My brain is a sponge, soaking up gems of information from the onboard experts, even if my writhing stomach occasionally distracts me.

Jamie, the King of Krill as I call him, talks about one of his great passions, and yes, you guessed it – krill. Krill has been described as “the engine that powers the Antarctic ecosystem” because these tiny prawn-like creatures have a central position within the Southern Ocean food web. Not only do penguins, Crabeater seals and certain fish need them to survive, but so do the giants of the seas, such as the humpback and baleen whales. I discover that a humpback needs to eat a tonne of kill per day. This is like eating the weight of a small car. Krill numbers are believed to have dropped by as much as 80% since the 1970s and this has been linked to the decline of sea ice around the Antarctic Peninsula, because they feed on the algae found under the sea-ice. Quotas have been set up by the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, as over-fishing of krill would put even more pressure on declining krill numbers.
Luke Saffigna talks ice and glaciers. I christen him Ice Man and little realize at the time that this man’s passion for Antarctica will be mirrored by Thirst’s central character, Luke Searle. This is what the real Luke had to say:
• Antarctica is 98% ice
• It has two massive ice sheets covering it: West and East Antarctic Ice sheets.
• In some places the ice is almost 5 km deep and the land is buried beneath it.
• In those ice sheets, 70% of the world’s fresh water is frozen. Okay, let’s think this through. All those life-giving rivers, lakes and aquifers around the world only account for 30% of our fresh water supply. All the rest is locked in ice here.
• The sea freezes at around -1.8 °C.
• The Antarctic Peninsula is warming at a rate 2 to 3 times faster than the global average. The average annual temperature of this region has increased by 2.5°C in the last 50 years, which is a hell of a lot!
Luke cites the sudden collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf in March 2002 – within a month an area twice the size of Greater London, or the equivalent of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, disintegrated.
Fascinated, I have completely forgotten my seasickness, until the lecture is over and I climb up the next level and smell dinner cooking. My stomach heaves.
Interesting info: If the entire Antarctic ice sheet melted it could raise sea levels by almost 60 metres. Source: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/info-files/climate-change/ice-sheets-and-sea-level-rise
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Grab a signed copy at these independent Sydney bookshops

If you would like a signed copy of THIRST for yourself, or perhaps for a special Father’s Day gift, then these wonderful independent Sydney-based bookshops have signed copies:

Berkelouw Books, Balgowlah

 

 

 

Abbeys Bookshop, Sydney CBD

 

 

 

 

Better Read Than Dead, Newtown

 

 

 

 

Constant Reader, Crows Nest

 

 

 

Pages & Pages, Mosman

 

 

 

 

Shearers, Leichhardt

 

 

 

 

Brays Books Balmain

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What a launch! – some images from Thirst’s Sydney launch at Ariel Bookshop

August 14, 2012

What a great party and a huge crowd turned out to celebrate the Sydney launch of Thirst at Ariel Bookshop, Paddington. I think the best way to show you how much fun it was, is to share some photos, so here goes:

(On the right) My wonderful publisher, Melanie Ostell, me in the middle, and the brilliant Debbie McInnes of DMCPR.

Gaby Naher, my agent, and I are enjoying a glass or three…

 

 

 

The Larkin clan enjoying the moment. Is there another future author in the family? She certainly writes great stories…

 

 

 

 

 

(Below)Dean Carter came all the way from New Zealand for the launch of Thirst! Well, almost… he was in Sydney on infosec business. John Fell, in the blue shirt, is a personal trainer and director of Rise Personal Fitness.

 

 

(Below)Lucie Stevens, Pat Hegarty and Dom Bragge at the book signing. This wasn’t staged – honestly. They did buy copies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Tomlinson getting his copy signed. I won’t tell you what he asked me to write!

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Fun in Melbourne, Ballarat, Waurn Ponds and Torquay!

August 13, 2012

Last week the THIRST road show well and truly took off in Melbourne and nearby towns, thanks to the wonderful support of Sisters In Crime, especially Carmel Shute and Lindy Cameron. I couldn’t have done it without their amazing support. It was such a great feeling talking about thrillers with another thriller enthusiast, author and publisher Lindy Cameron. It dawned on us that, in fact, we are a rare breed of female action thriller author – very rare indeed in this country.

Perhaps the best way to convey the fun we, and the audiences had, is through pictures so here are some photos of the tour:

Carmel Shute interviewed me at Readings Hawthorn and then a group of us went for dinner afterwards, including Ann Creber from 3MDR and thriller author P.D. Martin.

 

 

 

 

David McLean from radio 3CR interviewed me live and he even read out some lines from THIRST. He was so enthusiastic and I am very grateful that he invited me into his studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me, author and publisher Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press with bookseller Debbie Bodinnar at our Waurn Ponds Library (Geelong Libraries) talk on thriller writing. Thank you to all the awesome library staff and to the fantastic Geelong audience!

 

 

 

 

Just some of the lovely crowd at Bookcellars bookshop, Torquay, enjoying coffee and cakes as Lindy and I talk about thriller writing. Thanks for joining us! It was a pleasure meeting you all.

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