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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!

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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James Valentine could soon be a fictional hero or villain!

August 11, 2012

I had a great time chatting to the enlightening and chirpy James Valentine on ABC Radio Sydney 207 on Thursday afternoon and on Monday I will provide the podcast so can hear it if you missed it live.

So why is James going to be a fictional villain? Well, after the on-air discussion, I mentioned that I thought his name was destined for a lead character in one of my books, but not the hero, as the warm, positive associations of “valentine” tend to conjure up. No, it would be more interesting if the fictional James Valentine was in fact the villain. So watch this space… who knows when the “evil” James Valentine might appear in one of my thrillers?

I’m interested to know what you think – hero or villain? Jot your thoughts down as a comment below…

What I enjoyed so much about our live chat was that it was nothing like any other radio interview I have had! Not only did we consider a killer penguin thriller story (which luckily got rejected quickly) but we hatched a grand plan for me to “take over” a whole new sub-set of thrillers – “The Antarctic Thriller” – just as some authors become known for setting their stories in certain towns or cities. Since I am already working on two more Antarctic thrillers I am very happy with this plan for world domination – well, of the book world, at least. Thank you James for launching it!

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Meet the people behind 2 central characters in Thirst

August 9, 2012

Luke Searle is the Australian hero, and Maddie Wildman, the heroine, of my latest thriller, THIRST. When sailing to Antarctica I met an Australian, also named Luke, whose passion for Antarctica is mirrored in my hero’s passion. To understand enough of station life to write with authenticity, and to get into the mind-set of a female station leader, I interviewed Joan Russell, one of the first female station leaders with the Australian Antarctic Division. If you would like to meet these inspirational people, then join me at Customs House Library, Circular Quay, tonight at 6pm as we debate Antarctica Under Threat.

 

I would like to share with you Part 1 of an interview I did with Joan, which reveals her love for the great white continent and her role as station leader. Part 2 will be posted next week. Tomorrow I will post Part 1 of an interview with Luke Saffigna.

1. Why do you feel so passionate about preserving Antarctica?

As far as I’m concerned, and I’ll die believing this, Antarctica is the last great wilderness; a treasure, “common wealth”, held in trust today for the future.  Whatever is there, must stay there, like a perpetual archive.  I believe our geographic, geological, seismological history is locked in the Antarctic ice. Apart from that it is the most beautiful place on earth, in my eyes.

 

2. What role do you think Australia should play in ensuring Antarctica is not exploited or spoilt?

Australia has already made a mark as a guardian of Antarctica at the ratification of the Madrid Protocol.  The sad thing is that the Madrid Protocol is merely a political “holding device” with an end date which is zooming towards us.  Australia has the Antarctic presence, history and scientific standing to expect to be heard within the Treaty Organisation.  I can only hope we continue to stand firm on our commitment to “Antarctica as a land of peace and science” and continue to hold out against mining, over-fishing, whaling, radio-active waste dumping, military installations and land-based tourism.

 

3. The Antarctic Treaty is a unique agreement but relies on the signatories’ good will. Do you think the agreement is under threat and from whom?

Yes, I think the Treaty is under threat from nations who need/want to exploit its natural and mineral resources, including high end land-based adventure tourism and the other threats listed above (Question 2).

 

4. You were station leader at Casey 1990, Macquarie Island 1994 and 2002, and Mawson in 2004. Can you summarise the role of station leader?

In my more trivial moments I have described the Station Leader’s role as a cross between the Quarter Master’s sergeant and The Big Tit in the Sky!  In truth, it is a most difficult and complex role. The two main elements are being an appointed (not chosen) leader of a small enclosed community (role model, setter of standards, shaper of group norms, keeper of the peace) and supervisor of a multidisciplinary work force in a remote and isolated location.  There is no overarching administrative capacity on station, so the SL is also a glorified clerk who draws up rosters, designs “station duties” and does the annual stocktake of items not covered by the various work groups.  It’s the closest I’ve ever come to the requirement to “be all things to all people”. In truth, no-one really knows/understands what the Station Leader does (it’s a highly responsive work-in-progress) and if he/she does it well, no-one even notices!

More of the Q&A will be posted next week.

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