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Jul 24, 2011
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Mar 7, 2010
Vikki Petraitis left a comment for Mike MacLean
"You mean you don't have Indians and Road Runner cactuses? Now it's my turn to be disappointed."
Aug 25, 2009
Mike MacLean left a comment for Vikki Petraitis
"I was actually kidding about the movie thing. (You know it’s a good joke when you have to explain that it’s a joke) Living in Arizona, I hear from people all the time whose image of the state is all cowboys and Indians. Good luck with…"
Aug 25, 2009
Vikki Petraitis left a comment for Mike MacLean
"Watching the Australia film with Hugh Jackman is just like living in the outback about 60 years ago. For most Aussies, that image of Australia is about as remote as a cowboys and indians movie is for American kids today. Melbourne is just like every…"
Aug 24, 2009
Mike MacLean left a comment for Vikki Petraitis
"Melbourne sounds nice. I’ve always wanted to visit that corner of the world, but haven’t made it yet. I hear watching the film Australia staring Hugh Jackman is just like being there. Is that right? Does working in the Australian school…"
Aug 24, 2009
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"G'Day Mike, I'm a teacher too and I write true crime books. Hmmm. Might be something to think about there. Although I am in Melbourne - right at the bottom of Australia so we're not hotter than hell, but rather a nice mild place which…"
Aug 23, 2009
Vikki Petraitis left a comment for Reece Hirsch
"I'm starting to move away from true-crime. My latest book was a biography and now I'm working on humourous crime fiction. For me, writing is a progression through things that take your interest, and also pushing yourself creatively in…"
Aug 23, 2009

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Hometown:
Melbourne
About Me:
I am a true crime author and have written 8 books. I also contribute stories to journals and anthologies.
I Am A:
Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
My favourite authors are:
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Tracy Chevalier
Nicci French
Shane Maloney
Nicholas Evans
Janet Evanovich
Margaret Atwood
David Guterson
Alice Sebold
Geraldine Brooks
Michel Faber
Vikas Swarup
Khaled Hosseini
Anne Tyler
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The X-Files
West Wing
Damages
Smallville
Angel
Desperate Housewives

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At 12:28am on August 25, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
I was actually kidding about the movie thing. (You know it’s a good joke when you have to explain that it’s a joke) Living in Arizona, I hear from people all the time whose image of the state is all cowboys and Indians.

Good luck with the fiction.
At 8:04am on August 24, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
Melbourne sounds nice. I’ve always wanted to visit that corner of the world, but haven’t made it yet. I hear watching the film Australia staring Hugh Jackman is just like being there. Is that right?

Does working in the Australian school system give you plenty of material for your true crime writing?

Good luck with the writing and thanks for the comment.
At 3:26am on August 23, 2009, Reece Hirsch said…
Hi Vikki -- Thanks for accepting the invite. Best of luck to you with your true crime books. Reece
At 4:46am on January 31, 2009, R. Barri Flowers said…
Good day, Vikki:

I am a true crime writer and member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW). We are working on a true crime anthology and I am seeking out true crime writers from abroad to contribute a "thrilling" true crime tale.

If you are interested, let me know.

Best,

R. Barri Flowers
At 12:59am on December 18, 2008, Lee Martin said…
Good Morning Vikki,
Thanks for the ideas and suggestions. Do you think that a second book with the sme main character would be good, or just strictly about some of my cases? I have 17 years worth.

Take care,
Lee
At 1:29pm on December 17, 2008, Lee Martin said…
Hi again Vikki,
Yes, I had thought about it, but my reasoning for adding a couple of twists here and there was bacause I did not want to make my book like so many other crime scene books that are dry or repeative. I wanted to make it different so I decided to combine the true crime scenes with a twist to it. Maybe my idea on that wasn't the best?

The reason I ask some writers if they would read the manuscript of my book was not so much to get a critics comments, rather other writers who are in the business. I absoutely understand your view point about not wanting to read the manuscript, no problem at all. Thanks for the advise and I will talk to you later,
Lee
At 2:42am on December 17, 2008, Lee Martin said…
Hi Vikki,

The crime scene cases are all based on true cases I have worked over the years, however, I have added a fiction twist to some of them, so I guess it is crime/fiction, though based on true cases. Talk to you soon,
Lee
At 12:13am on December 17, 2008, Lee Martin said…
Hi Vikki,

I just wanted to intro myself and say hello. I am a first time author and a retired Forensic Crime Scene Investigator. It sounds like you have done quite well in writing. I hope to finish my second book sometime. As a first time author, I am naturally interested in finding out what others with more experience than I think of my writing. If you have time, would it be ok to send you a manuscript copy of my book? I would love to have your opinions.
Thanks,
Lee
At 2:38am on December 13, 2008, JackBludis said…
I'm glad that you liked AUSTRALIA the movie as well. As to your definition of an epic: A great love story, a hardship, happy ending. It needs a bit of tweaking. An epic is also the story of a people, and it seems to me that this movie covers both the native aborigines and the the settlers. Amazing how close this is to an American "Western."
At 12:02am on December 12, 2008, JackBludis said…
I was looking for an OZ opinion of the movie "Australia." I have to believe it is playing there. It is an Epic movie, to me a bit smaltzy but a damn good story with a lot of emotional twists. Most reviewers say it owes too much to other epics, like GONE WITH THE WIND. It damn sure could be in worse company. I enjoyed it.
 
 
 

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