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One of the surprises of writing fiction is that when you finish your book, when it’s published and sent out into the world, it’s still not really finished. As people start to read the book, the characters develop and slip out of your control.
When you live through a trauma, and that trauma changes your life — And when you realise that trauma is actually part of a much larger societal problem, then as a writer, it becomes vital to write about it. Or at least that’s how it was for me.
When it comes to writing noir fiction, I have found that the most bizarre characters and plotlines are ones you just couldn’t invent.
I’m more jumble sale in a village hall than high end fusion cookery but there you have it. I’m not really a crime writer. Not a proper horror writer either. I’m a hybrid.
The latest episode of the National Centre for Writing podcast features Val McDermid and Elodie Harper, both interviewed at last year's Noirwich festival. Both of…
I grew up in Coltishall, in the not-much-of-owt between Norwich and the Broads. It’s ten miles from the city, which seems like nothing now, but to a child in the late 70s it might as well have been another planet.
Did I ever imagine that I would co-write a musical? Not in a million years. I’m a crime writer, not a musical theatre librettist – or at least that’s what I thought.
In the ancient woodland near my village, there’s a two-thousand-year-old tree where a woman once lived with her eight children, placing her babies in the boughs, and apparently originating the Rock-a-Bye Baby song.
Every writer is different, so different things will suit different people. There is no right or wrong way. It’s really about what works for you.