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CrimeFest 2013 round-up: Jeffery Deaver, Zoe Sharp, Tom Harper and so many more

June 11, 2013

CrimeFest 2013 was a blast. Not only because I met so many wonderful crime fiction and thriller reading enthusiasts, but because I got to chat to so many awesomely talented thriller authors.

Meet my fellow panelists on the Is It Rocket Science? gig: Dean Crwford, Richrad Parker and Alex Blackmore, chaired by the hilarious Emlyn Rees of Exhibit A books.

 

 

 

I met the prolific Jeffery Deaver. He was rightfully proud that his novels are commercial fiction. It was fascinating to hear him talk about how he “outlines” his stories in considerable detail before he writes. That age old question: are you a plotter or a “pantser”? I fall somewhere between the two. I develop my central characters fully before I write the story. I plot the key stages of the novel. I know how it will begin, and broadly how it will end. But then I let the characters take over and go off on their own adventure. Sometimes the end of my thriller will change because of this, and because it has evolved organically, the ending is all the more powerful.

 

Zoe Sharp is a kick-arse action-adventure thriller author who loves nothing better than spending time on a rifle range. It was great to meet another female author who loves writing high-pace, big action high-concept thrillers as much as I do. This photo was taken after the CrimeFest Gala Dinner. Two dangerous blondes!

I met the very tall secret agent, Charles Cumming, who writes spy thrillers and has been likened to John Le Carre (what a compliment!).

 

He claims he’s not an agent at all, but MI6 did approach him once about becoming a spy and nothing came of it. I don’t believe him! That’s far too neat. He is certainly a great author and a secret agent! I mean, if he has to disappear for a while, he can always claim he’s on a book tour! In this photo, Charles is on the right, and we are with the charming William Sutton, whose new book Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square is about to be released. Good luck, Will!

More updates and photos to come soon …

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CrimeFest 2013, with UK agent extraordinaire, Phil Patterson, from Marjacq Scripts

May 2, 2013

I am so excited to be part of the UK’s CrimeFest 2013, held in Bristol from 30 May to 2 June. There are so many wonderful crime fiction authors attending, I suspect I will be propping up the bar all night just to get a chance to say Hi.

Most exciting of all, I will be joined by my super-agent, Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts. Well, I think he’s super, anyway. Phil has been described as confessor, pimp and rottweiler to his authors, which could get very interesting! Phil, I am excited to be working with you! I feel honoured to join a long list of wonderful authors on Phil’s list, including  highly acclaimed Sunday Times No.1 best seller, Stuart MacBride; Melbourne-born Helen FitzGerald; James Follett; Katherine John; and so many more.

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Upcoming writers’ festivals

March 6, 2013

Recently, I was asked by my thriller writing students about upcoming writers’ festivals for crime fiction lovers. So I thought I would briefly outline some of the festivals I will be attending in the first half of 2013:

The Perth Writers’ Festival is over for this year but I had an absolute ball. This year the festival attracted really wonderful authors from all over the world, such as China Mieville (UK), Shamini Flint (Singapore) and one of my all-time favourite authors, Margaret Atwood. I couldn’t resist getting a quick photo of us together at the Perth Concert Hall!

 

In two weeks’ time I’ll be at the Tasmanian Writers’ Festival and am looking forward to discussing crime fiction with Lindy Cameron.

From 5 – 7 April I’ll be at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival and am delighted to be both participating in panels and chairing them. I’ll be joined by crime fiction authors Jaye Ford, Wendy James and Caroline Overington.

On 17 and 18 June I’ll be at the Gold Coast Literati Festival. So if you live in the area and love books, then come along. You’ll have a blast!

From 30 May to 2 June I’ll be at the UK’s mega-exciting CrimeFest 2013, held in Bristol. I am so looking forward to meeting up with the wonderful Peter James, whom I met at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and Peter Guttridge, whom I met at the Guildford Book Festival in the UK. I can’t wait to hear Jeffery Deaver and Robert Goddard speak. I’ll be doing a panel called ‘Is It Rocket Science?’ on 31 May. If you are going to this festival and you see me around, please come up and say hello.

From 12 – 14 July I’ll be at the Whitsunday Writers’ Festival – yes a book festival in paradise! I’ll be running a one day thriller writing workshop as well as joining a whole raft of authors to talk about the writing process. There’s never been a better excuse to book a long weekend holiday! I hope to see you there.

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Join me at the Willoughby Author’s Club

February 7, 2013

The Willoughby Hotel, Sydney, is a great supporter of book clubs and is launching a series of evenings with authors from various genres.

I am delighted to be the inaugural author for these events, so please join me on Wednesday 20th March, 7pm, for fun, thrills and laughter as we delve into the murky world of thrillers.

www.willoughbyhotel.com.au

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Join me at the Whitsunday Writers’ Festival 12-14 July 2013

November 26, 2012

I am so excited to be a part of the Whitsunday Writers’ Festival 2013, which kicks off on Friday 12th July with my one day thriller writing workshop. So if you have ever wanted to try your hand at thriller writing and would like to enjoy a well- deserved long weekend away in the sunny and beautiful Whitsundays, then sign up for the Whitsunday Writers’ Festival. Follow this link for more details.

My workshop will be a hyper-intensive and fun class in the dynamic art of thriller writing. I will reveal techniques for choosing your story, developing plot, writing your critically important opening paragraph, creating pace and suspense, and bringing your characters to life, as well as share tips on getting published.

The festival director, Gloria Burley, has invited fascinating writers to the festival, including  Dr. Tony Ayling, who has written about a dozen books on marine biology and will give an update on the Great Barrier Reef. Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature. Joyce Morgan has been a journalist for more than three decades and Conrad Walters has worked in the media for more than thirty years in the United States, where he won awards for investigative journalism. So if you would like to know more about writing fiction, non-fiction or features and news stories, you’ll find authors ready and able to help you.

Why not sign up and join me in paradise?

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