On Thursday 13 March I was welcomed by a very lively group of writers at the Chiltern Writers Group, Wendover, UK, where I was pleased to be able to pass on some tips and techniques on writing a novel.
My talk was on the perfect system for planning, researching, plotting and writing a novel. I covered from concept to completion using mind maps, plot lines; developing and keeping track of characters, and factoring in research.…
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I have a new story up at Spinetingler that might interest some here. It concerns a writer and how he handles rejection.
According to recent statistics, men have all but stopped reading fiction. Do they watch great television? Yes. Do they read non-fiction? Some. But the novel – that great interior journey – seems to have been lost to them.
It wasn’t always this way.
The path from boyhood to manhood used to…Continue
The new blog post from Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog is officially here! http://mitziszereto.com/blog/mitzi-and-teddy-hit-montreal-eh/
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Writing a crime series and keeping each novel fresh is always a challenge for crime writers. There are now nine in the DI Andy Horton series and number ten, Death Surge, is being published by Severn House in September 2013 in the UK and on 1 January 2014 in the USA. So DI Horton has come a long way since first appearing in Tide of Death in 2006.
So how does a writer keep the series fresh and the central character of interest to readers?
Readers buy my books…Continue
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CrimeFest 13 was buzzing. It was great to catch up with some of my fellow crime writers, meet lots of lovely crime fiction fans and meet up with my publisher, Severn House.
The panel session on Friday morning was well received by a lively audience and my In the Spotlight Session later the same morning where I talked about "The Perfect System for Writing a Crime Novel" was standing room only.…Continue
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If you feel like a laugh, take a look at this link: http://tinyurl.com/ca9zod9 - my contrib to multi-author 'novel' WHO IS MURDERING CRIME FICTION...? staged by the Linked-In group for crime writers of which I'm a member....You can read the first three chapters too, if you're hard enough (mine's Chapter 4).
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Undercurrent, the ninth in the marine mystery crime series featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Horton is now published in the UK and Commonwealth by Severn House. It will be published in the USA on 1 May 2013.
Set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England the DI Horton series has received critical acclaim both in the UK and the USA where they have been compared to the works…Continue
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Thrilled to see my guest essay on writers keeping the faith despite self-doubt on Psychology Today! Here's an excerpt:
"I’m ten years old. My Big Ben-style alarm clock has stopped working. Maybe I wound it too tightly, maybe it’s just worn out. Whatever the reason, the alarm hasn’t gone off in days.
I know I can fix it, if only I can get a look inside. When I tell my …Continue
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The new DI Andy Horton, number nine in the series, called Undercurrent, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth on 31 January and in the USA on 1 May 2013. Like all the DI Horton novelsit is set against the backdrop of the sea in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.
In this crime novel DI Horton has a new mystery…Continue
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I'm delighted to announce that the seventh in the DI Andy Horton crime series, A Killing Coast has been nominated by my publisher Severn House for the eDUNNIT AWARD at CrimeFest 2013.
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Check out my latest blog post and find out what really went on behind the scenes at the Miami Book Fair!
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The October issue of Writers' Tricks of the Trade E-Zine is now available for download. Filled with interesting articles from contributing authors, a review by Martha Cheves, writer's conference listings, handy tips and techniques and helpful links to blogs and websites plus much mo
re, it is rapidly becoming the E-Zine that writers (and readers, too) love to read and contribute to. Share it with your writer friends and writer's groups. You can find the link to the current issue and…Continue
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We have a established a new crime imprint (NOT a vanity press!) called Grey Cells Press, and our first books will be coming out in the New Year 2013. We are still seeking submissions.
We are looking for most types of crime fiction, from the classic English
whodunit through to police procedurals and hardboiled detectives: Christie
to Chandler, Marsh to Mosley, Paretsky, Dexter and Tey and puzzles by Carr and
Crispin and Queen. We want well-written, satisfying work. It…
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It only seems like five minutes ago I was writing the entry for June and here we are in July (and with little sign of the summer in the UK). So what's happening in July?
On 5 July I am to be guest crime author at the annual conference of the British Society of Criminology taking place at the University of Portsmouth, Institute of Criminal…
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I'm often asked how I research police procedures and police matters for my crime novels and while the DI Horton crime series certainly doesn't conform to policing in the real world there is an underlying reality about some of the situations and procedures.
So where do I get my research from?
From talking to real live police officers, those working on the coal face and those who have also retired and my thanks here to the officers in the CID, the Major Crime Unit and the…
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