Keith Dixon
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Call to writers
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Started this discussion. Last reply by M.E. Purfield Nov 18, 2012.

Where do you stand?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker May 2, 2012.

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Rode Heath, England
About Me:
I'm a writer, editor, proofreader and copywriter and I've published two crime novels, with the third on the way. I have a blog that focuses on how crime writers write - in other words, how do they create their own particular style?
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by James Lee Burke, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais, Patricia Highsmith, Lawrence Block, James Hall, Tim Dorsey, Joe Lansdale. Most of Jefferson Parker, Carl Hiaasen and James Crumley. No British crime writers make my cut.
Then add in Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and John Dos Passos.
And Kurt Vonnegut.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
At the moment:
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
The Walking Dead
NYPD Blue (deceased)
The West Wing (deceased)
Movies: Too many to mention - some current favourites:
The Bourne trilogy
A Clockwork Orange
Mulholland Drive
Citizen Kane
The 400 Blows

Hi! This is a link to my blog on Blogger. It looks at how crime writers write and produce the effects that they do: Crime Writing Confidential

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At 11:34pm on January 18, 2008, Poisonguy said…
Keith, if you're the Keith I'm thinking about, I critiqued a story of yours way back on another site (CC). Set for Saturday I believe it was called. Good stuff. I remember another story of yours - though I blacked out on critiquing it (blame the ouzo) - The Secret Place. It was a 2x4 to the back of the head attention grabber. What've you done with it?
At 9:06pm on December 15, 2007, Keith Dixon said…
Hi Jochem
Yes, I just did - it looks good! I'll keep it in my favourites. I forgot to mention George Pelecanos and Walter Mosley, who your interviewee also mentioned. My latest favourite is Joe R. Lansdale - an East Texan writer who is both exciting and comic at the same time. Oh, and let's not forget the great Elmore Leonard!
At 9:03pm on December 15, 2007, Jochem van der Steen said…
Hey Keith... James Burke and Block are personal favorites as well. If you like that stuff you should visit
At 7:13am on September 7, 2007, Roger Newbury said…
Hi Keith, you're welcome. I had over 10 yrs experience with my local theatre, it was only a small one, 150 seater, but as well as acting, and lighting experiences gained, it fired up my interest in writing comedy plays, mainly for the amatuer market, (although if one got taken up by a professional theatre company, so much the better!)
I need to do some major re-working on my two main novels, 'Medusa's Curse' & 'Inside Justice', as they were written in the early 90's, and I feel that by today's standards, they'd not fair too well.
It's nice to make your acqauintance.
At 6:55pm on September 6, 2007, Dennis Venter said…
Oops, sorry - can't believe we down here actually got to see the end of the Sopranos before you up there. And I know what you mean about avoiding commentary on the finale, I ducked and dived it for months too. But I don't think I gave anything away, did I?
At 5:23pm on September 5, 2007, Dennis Venter said…
Hi Keith. Yup, I noticed our similar tastes. What did you think of the Sopranos finale? Are you in the camp that hated it and felt cheated or did you think it was perfect - like I did?
At 10:40pm on September 4, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
Thanks, Keith. Glad you like the place. The badges might be picking up the style of your blog and becoming hidden. Another option is using the simpler version from the help page.
At 3:26am on September 3, 2007, Maryann Mercer said…
Hi Keith,
You know, the first month I worked at the store the manager had to remind me to pick up my paycheck. That's how excited I was to be working there. Of course, the perils of retail include messy shoppers, rude shoppers, customers who belive we are a baby-sitting service, and those who believe we need to stock books out of print for the past decade. Even with all that, I love talking about my favorite authors, recommending books, and seeing the new stock come in and sell well. I'm also fortunate that this is a second job, or I'd be bankrupt just supporting my addiction to the printed page :o) BTW Is Altered Life available in the US? I'm in a university community, so we have an eclectic group of readers. We carry (finally) Stephen Booth's mysteries as well as a few others. I'd like to read yours so I can recommend it!

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