Tag Archives: crime fiction

Ireland’s underbelly sliced open

Traumatised souls. Murderous housewives. Wise-cracking hitmen. Bloody revenge. It’s all there in this excellent collection of short stories from Irish crime writers.     Review: Trouble Is Our Business Edited by Declan Burke New Island, €19.95 Hardback   Búla bos … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Death at Whitewater Church

The bracing weather imbues the physical landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula with an “eerie, otherwordly quality”. That’s what Andrea Carter’s narrator tells us at the start of Death At Whitewater Church. But really, it’s the mental landscape of the reader that Carter … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Novel gets catapulted (at long last) onto slush pile

I made a decision early in the year to get this novel finished. Before it finished me. I had to put whatever time and energy I had into doing just that. Which meant, among other things, not going to any more … Continue reading

Posted in My Novel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

No more excuses

That’s it. No more excuses. Finish this novel and send it out by year’s end. Given my last post was mid May, you might wonder what have I been doing. I have asked myself the same question, but just get … Continue reading

Posted in My Novel | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

2013: From Draft 1 to Draft 3

Looking back on the year, the first thing I notice from my blog is that I haven’t written a post since the beginning of November. Not good. Second, I have not written anything about my own work since, let’s see, … Continue reading

Posted in My Novel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting Published (Not me, someone I know)

It’s a nice feeling going to a book launch involving someone you know. It’s great, obviously, for the person concerned, seeing the joy on their face. But it’s also an inspiration for those of us still in the trenches. It … Continue reading

Posted in My Novel, Writing Advice | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crocodile Tears

As soon as I held Crocodile Tears (Transworld Ireland) in my hands in Dubray Books I liked the look of it: the old, faded penciled image and text at the back, the creamy pages within and the clean-numbered (and short) … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction Reviews | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments