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After a long absence, I am back in the writing game with my next book. For those who might wonder why, ask the corrupt US publisher who had me trapped in a three year contract and never paid any…Continue

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I finally finished my next book, KING OF SORROW. I've started submitting sample chapters to agents. At first this was an exciting time. I was half expecting an agent to call me and throw a contract…Continue

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I was photographed for the autumn version of SOUTH magazine. The end result was a very scary-looking James. I tried smiling but it only made me look even scarier.Having spoken to many different…Continue

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Hi all! I am a crime author residing in South Africa. My first novel was released a number of months ago through a company called Raider Publishing, a USA based publishing company. I have since…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Fouche Nov 19, 2011.


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Crime novels tend to vary. Not every other book is the same. Even if the story has some uncanny similarities to another book, the feel of it as a whole would be quite different. Every author has their own signature, of course, and they stamp down their own unique style on every piece of work they pen down. Even if we try to prevent it, a little bit of ourselves still bleed into our work. This makes any given author distinguishable from the next one.


However, crime novels vary…


Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:00pm

To Polish, Or Not To Polish?

King of Sorrow, my next novel, is nearing completion. Now I'm battling with two very serious dilemmas. 


As always I call on the advice of other, more experienced authors than myself, those autors who have walked the line, who have lived to tell the tale. Here are the two obstacles:


1) Should I have the first 3/4 chapters polished by an editor before submitting sample chapters to publishers for consideration? I've heard this is a good idea, but it costs a…


Posted on February 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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At 10:02pm on July 1, 2013, Chris Reynolds said…

Hi James,

Thanks for the friend request!

All the best


At 6:56am on March 11, 2012, Karen Tyrrell said…

Hi James,

 Thanks so much for the add. I'ma multi genre Author from Australia.

My memoir , ME AND HER:  a Memoir of Madness will be launched on the 1st of May.  Parents at my school harassed to breaking point and Beyond. http://www.karentyrrell.com

At 6:07pm on March 10, 2012, Melissa Burmeister said…


At 12:58pm on March 10, 2012, Christine Husom said…

Thanks for adding me as your friend here. My schedule has been even crazier than usual lately, but I hope to get more involved with this site, and what everyone is up to.

At 5:48am on March 10, 2012, Christine Wood said…
Hi James, thanks for the add. Absolutely agree with the comment regarding the reflection of the current fabric of society. The question is how to achieve this and not 'date' your work. Unless it is your intention to make it part of your plot.
At 9:05am on August 27, 2011, Amy Saunders said…
Thanks for the add!
At 9:38am on August 25, 2011, Jennifer Thomson said…
Your cover looks great and very enticing. I would stick with your gut when it comes to your writing. I have a character in the other book I'm writing Vile City, who came alive and I couldn't stop him. I'm rewriting to give him a much bigger role.
At 11:15pm on August 24, 2011, Ben Cheetham said…
Hi James, thanks for the add. Personally, I like the sound of 'The Antagonist', but why not go all the way and just call him 'The Bad Guy'? 
At 12:43am on July 12, 2011, Noir Nation said…

And this bit you wrote:


"My intention was not to suggest that we dedicate the entire length of a novel to a particular issue. Are we not masters of creating depth and motivation where others prefer to be ambivalent?


I meant to say that an author should use a particular issue, or a number of issues for that matter, to fuel the main plot or give depth to the characters. A relatable sub-plot, whether peppered with political or social issues or not, is a good vehicle to use when attempting to win over the reader. This is where we can put the spotlight on the ever-elusive decadence."

At 12:41am on July 12, 2011, Noir Nation said…

What if you took what you wrote in the forum and tightened it up a bit, and we could put your pioint in with the other is Noir Natin issue one.


You wrote:

"Any good crime novel should have an underlying social commentary. Crime in itself is a result of a problematic social core.


After finishing JACK HANGER I actually sat down and read it. Without even realizing it, I'd delved into a number of serious social problem areas with my heavy-handed writing voice. From child abuse, the fatherless generation, social unrest like riots, and the obvious rise in drug usage, were just some of the issues I'd explored. That was not my aim, but I had somehow found my voice, paragraph by paragraph.


As authors, our art is our voice. We use our words to form a deep social commentary. Every author should let himself go when he starts. Restraint is the writer's enemy. We use a fictional account, but in it hides a sting of truth.


You are right in assuming we should not be journalists. Who can bear a weekly deadline?! But we should exercise our freedom to highlight the problem areas in the modern social fabric. We should also be able to take it apart at will. Who knows, maybe in our haphazard analysis a solution to key issues might present itself."


It doesn't have to be any longer than that.  We'll also include your bio and which can plug your books/writing.


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