Tag Archives: crime fiction

Painting a picture

Stephen King said something along the lines that a writer is trying to paint a picture in the mind of the reader. Painting the setting is part of that. You are trying to drop the reader into an area – … Continue reading

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The post I feared I might never write

  Well, this is a post I wished I would write sometime – but feared I might never. My novel is due to be a book. An actual published book. I have signed a contract with Black & White Publishing. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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