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Is it better to be accurate or interesting?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dorien Grey Mar 3, 2008.


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Preston, England
About Me:
I am a lawyer and a writer. During the day, I prosecute people. At night I write crime fiction. Fitted around all of that, I'm married with three children.

My first book, Fallen Idols, was published by Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in July 2007. My second book, Lost Souls, was published in May 2008.

Otherwise, I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I am not much into health food. I am into champagne.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Shoeless Joe - W.P. Kinsella (not crime)
To Kill A Mockingbird
Greg Iles, Micheal Connelly, John Connolly, Dan Brown, Lee Childs, Carl Hiaassen
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Field of Dreams, Goodfellas, Donnie Darko, Glengarry Glen Ross, most things with Paul Newman, Christian Bale, Denzil Washington, Julia Roberts. I make time for Have I Got News For You, Dragons Den and Grand Designs. I like the Simpsons and King of the Hill, and still love Cheers.

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Editing roller-coaster

Ah, the joys of editing.

"Please find enclosed the first draft of the second book."

"I love it! It's great!! I enclose my initial thoughts."

Read ten page summary of why it is not so great.

"Please find enclosed re-written draft of second book."

"Thank you. Oh, that's much better. Now it's really great! Fantastic!! I enclose the line edits."

Read detailed line-by-line breakdown of why it is neither great nor fantastic, yet.

"Please find…


Posted on January 23, 2008 at 10:16am

Chocolate and coffee

Can I write without chocolate and coffee?

I work full time as a criminal lawyer, have three children, and I have a publishing contract. The children get older, and so they stay up later, and fight more, and complain more. So my writing begins later and later each day. 9pm is my earliest start, and that's after a day in court and a few hours of children fighting.

One book a year, that's the promise, squeezed into the late hours and weekends, most nights ending well after…


Posted on January 19, 2008 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

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At 2:26am on November 24, 2008, Hull Crime Fiction said…
Hi Neil. Nearly got stranded in Bridlington yesterday! Keep on keeping on. All the best, Nick.
At 5:36am on March 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Neil
You must not get much sleep. Congratulations for hanging in there and getting a publishing contract.
I like Michael Connelly too. (But hate the rain and don't drink at all.)
At 7:15pm on March 15, 2008, carole gill said…
thanks for that. I suppose you would have of necessity a tough exterior. the world, if we look deeply enough, the world can be a pretty dark place I suppose. you're so correct about Kansas and New YOrk being so different. there are so many "countries/cultures" in the States, too. so diverse.
At 5:59pm on March 11, 2008, carole gill said…
Hello! didn't realise you were in law. You must have found Infamous/In Cold blood truly interesting then from the legal aspects alone.
I'd love to know what you thought about the case--about the defendants and about Capote. (sometime, if you find the time to tell me)! all the best.
At 6:40am on February 29, 2008, Chris Ewan said…
Hello Neil. Helen mentioned that you're also down to appear at CrimFest so I thought I'd drop by and say hi. I also work as a lawyer, though as a pensions solicitor, its not quite as exciting as the CPS...
At 12:42pm on February 28, 2008, joe miller said…
Thanks for your input on the Plot or not to plot discussion

At 5:22am on February 28, 2008, Dana King said…
Neil, excellent comment to the plotting thread. I couldn't have described my own method any better, even though I've tried. Best of luck.
At 5:06am on February 28, 2008, John Boundy said…
Hey Neil...Thanks for the discussion input...I'm also a prosecutor by day and night-writer. I'd buy you a pina colada, but I'm not writing to you to escape...Ah, Rupert, great song...
At 8:11am on January 22, 2008, Mitzi Szereto said…
You need to attend one of my famous erotic writing workshops. I've run into similar issues with writers and they all say at the end, what the hell was I so afraid of?
If you can write blood and guts without a blink then you should be able to write a bit of the erotic. The important thing is that you write it well. It doesn't have to be OTT. I'm not big on OTT. But I am big on quality prose, whatever the content. x
At 12:15pm on January 21, 2008, maggie mary said…
no, I read for enjoyment. When I participate in the award process, I want to make sure I remember the books I've really liked, and I usually do my reviews right after reading the books. I review about 100 books a year, so I still read for pleasure Maggie who is mourning the San Diego Chargers loss to the evil NE Patriots (US football)

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