Lucy Cameron Night is Watching Blog Tour

Born in London and having lived in South Wales, Liverpool, York and Nottingham, Lucy currently lives in a shed in her Dad’s garden in Scotland where she wears thermals for warmth and writes by candlelight.
Lucy studied Fine Art at university which allowed her to get a glittering career in… food retail. Working sixty hours a week in retail management hampered Lucy’s writing until a career-break took her to Scotland and the rest, as they say in history… Or should that be (crime) fiction?
Lucy’s debut novel ‘Night Is Watching’ is due to be published by Caffeine Nights Publishing on 6th April 2017. To find out more visit http://www.lucycameronwriter.co.uk  


 

Couples are being slaughtered in their homes; women drained of blood, men violently beaten. There are no clues to track the killer, no explanation as to why an increasing amount of blood is being removed from the crime scenes.
Detective Sergeant Rhys Morgan is seconded to the ‘Couples Killer’ investigation. Tormented by vivid nightmares, he hasn’t slept soundly for weeks becoming convinced a creature from these nightmares poses a threat to him and his family. His behaviour becomes increasingly erratic causing his bosses to wonder if he’s the right man for the job.
As clues to the killer’s identity are uncovered, the line between what is real and what cannot be starts to blur and Rhys discovers the answer to catching the killer and exorcising his own demons, may be as irrational as he fears. 

1. How did you get started writing?
I had been toying with the idea for ‘Night is Watching’ for many years and made numerous starts at the book. I was doing what many writers do, writing and re-writing the first forty thousand words. About four years ago I moved to Scotland and decided it was time to sit down and write the book, or stop talking about it as I was boring myself, never mind others by going on and on about how I was going to write a book and never doing it. So that’s what I did and here it is.
 
2. What drew you to write a crime novel
I was in London about six years ago waiting for a friend to finish work and stumbled upon a Karin Slaughter book that got me hooked into the genre. Not long after that Karin was on a panel at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival so I went along and was introduced to a whole world of wonderful crime writing, and indeed wonderful people.  
3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?

I am really bad at being influenced by other writers styles while writing so try not to read as much during intense writing periods. If I had to pick (How difficult is this!!) Sarah Hilary, Steve Mosby, James Oswald and John Connolly are definite influences. I also really enjoy Christopher Brookmyre and Jay Stringer for their blend of humour in crime writing.

 
4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?

Absolutely. I am not sure I know of anyone who didn’t. I met my publisher at a crime writing workshop weekend called Crime and Publishment. I highly recommend the weekend as it is an annual event that allows you the opportunity to pith to an Agent or Publisher as part of the package. I really believe the face-to-face conversation I had on this weekend massively helped me get my book published.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel,do you have a particular favourite one? 

Gosh, that’s a tough question. I really enjoyed writing the ‘baddies’ in the book, but then doesn’t everyone say that? My hero, Rhys Morgan was an interesting and challenging character to write due to the journey the story takes him on.
6. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novel
The main research was around police procedure as it’s not something I knew a great deal about but luckily met a lot of really helpful people on my journey. I also had to do research around the crimes, things like the technicalities of the kinds of murder committed – What would happen if you hit someone with a hammer for example. 
7. Are the characters in your book based on any real life?
No. They are all entirely made up. I guess if any of them are based on real people they are based on different aspects of my own personality – make of that what you will! 
8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novels out there
My novel is a psychological thriller with a twist of the supernatural, depending on how you view the world. The things that happen to my hero in the book could be real, or not, they could be in his head. It’s up to the reader to draw their own conclusions.
9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa? 

I think Rhys Morgan and his wife Anna both contain elements of myself, or how I could imagine myself acting or feeling in their positions.
10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned. 
I am currently working on a second book in what I hope will be a series of Rhys Morgan books, alongside a far lighter comedy crime caper so watch this space! 
11.What was your favourite Scene to write and why

The final scene of the book, and not just because it was the end of a tough journey. The final scene was the one that had been in my head for the longest, the one that I was striving to get the story to. And I think it works. I will be interested to hear what others think.

12. As a up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share
Keep writing even when you think you have no inspiration, no time or it’s too tough. You will get there in the end. 

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Crime in Glasgow at Aye Write Book Festival Sunday 19th March Event Picks

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CL Taylor & Sarah Pinborough – Gripping Psychological Thrillers
19th Mar 2017  •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Mitchell Library
CL Taylor and Sarah Pinborough will be reading from and discussing their gripping psychological thrillers.

Michelle Birkby & Mick Finlay – Sherlock-ish
19th Mar 2017  •  4:45PM – 5:45PM  •  Mitchell Library
For those of us who have enjoyed the contemporary re-imagining of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes on TV here are two novels that take place in Sherlock’s world but with imaginative twists!

Chris Morgan Jones & Mick Herron – Our Kind of Spies
19th Mar 2017  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library
In the wake of recent Le Carre adaptations of The Night Manager and Our Kind of Traitor, British espionage fiction is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Here, we bring together two of the best writers in the genre.

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Crime in Glasgow at Aye Write Book Festival Saturday 18th March Event Picks

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Diana Bretherick & ES Thomson – Ripping Victorian Yarns
18th Mar 2017  •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Mitchell Library
Victorian Edinburgh and London provide the setting for these ripping gothic tales.

Frank Gardner – Crisis
18th Mar 2017  •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Frank Gardner OBE is currently the BBC’s Security Correspondent. Well known for his reporting from all over the world, he has recently turned his hand to thriller writing.

Mark Billingham – Die of Shame
18th Mar 2017  •  4:45PM – 5:45PM  •  Mitchell Library
Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham – author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.

Val McDermid – Out of Bounds
18th Mar 2017  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
We are so excited to be welcoming the legendary queen of crime back to Aye Write! with her latest novel Out of Bounds.

Craig Robertson & Stav Sherez – Online Crime
18th Mar 2017  •  8:15PM – 9:15PM  •  Mitchell Library
The internet is constantly providing new opportunities for crime, and the parameters of what is possible are explored in these two topical crime novels.

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Crime in Glasgow at Aye Write Book Festival Wedensday 15th March and Friday 17th March Event Picks



Cathi Unsworth & Martin Cathcart Froden – London Noir15th Mar 2017  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library 

London in the 1920s and 1940s provides the setting for these two delicious servings of Noir,
Alex Gray, Douglas Skelton & Les Wood – The Dear Gritty Place
17th Mar 2017  •  7:45PM – 8:45PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Three top notch crime writers whose books are set in our fair city – Alex Gray, Douglas Skelton and Les Wood

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Crime in Glasgow at Aye Write Book Festival Saturday 11th March  and Sunday 12th March Event Picks 


Roslund & Hellstrom, Kati Hiekkapelto, Antti Tuomainen – Award-winning Scandi Crime11th Mar 2017  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library 

This session will bring some of the best award-winning Scandi crime writers to Aye Write! – Roslund and Hellström, Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen.
Steph Broadribb, SJI Holliday & Russel Mclean – 3 Slices of Crime

11th Mar 2017  •  8:15PM – 9:15PM  •  Mitchell Library 

This crime event brings together one of the founders of Bloody Scotland, Two of the infamous Slice Girls and the host of Noir at the Bar!
Ian Rankin – 30 Years of Rebus

12th Mar 2017  •  1:15PM – 2:15PM  •  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 

2017 marks the thirtieth anniversary of one of crime fiction’s greatest characters, John Rebus, created by one of the world’s leading crime writers, Ian Rankin.
MC Beaton – Death of a Ghost.

12th Mar 2017  •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 

Join MC Beaton as she talks about Hamish MacBeth and her phenomenal career with novelist and screenwriter Chris Dolan
Denise Mina – The Long Drop

12th Mar 2017  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library 

The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel based on the infamous case of Peter Manuel.
Doug Johnstone, Louise Beech & Michael Malone – Gripping Thrillers

12th Mar 2017  •  8:15PM – 9:15PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Three top notch crime writers discussing their emotionally gripping new thrillers.

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Crime in Glasgow at Aye Write Book Festival Thursday 9th March to Friday 10th March Event Picks


Christopher Brookmyre Introduces…Daniel Cole and Helen Fields

9th Mar 2017  •  6:00PM – 7:00PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Chris Brookmyre introduces two addictive new crime writers, Daniel Cole and Helen Fields.

Craig Russell, Dreda Say Mitchell & Rod Reynolds – Decades of Crime

9th Mar 2017  •  7:45PM – 9:45PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Visit 1950s Glasgow, 1940s Arkansas and 1970s London in the latest novels from these cracking crime writers!

Vaseem Khan & Abir Mukherjee – The Jewel in the Crime

10th Mar 2017  •  6:00PM – 7:00PM  •  Mitchell Library 

This session brings together two young crime writers, Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee who have chosen India as the setting for their novels.
Tom Gash & Neil Woods – The Truth About Crime

10th Mar 2017  •  7:45PM – 8:45PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Interweaving conversations and stories of crime with findings from the latest research,the latest books by Tom Gash and Neil Woods make fascinating reading.
Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson – The Darkness of Orkney and Shetland

10th Mar 2017  •  7:45PM – 8:45PM  •  Mitchell Library 

Crime writers Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson will be discussing their latest novels.

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Tony Black Sumonning the Dead Blog Tour Q And A


“We have a dead child, and a crime scene that has been remarkably well kept for us.”

A young child lies mummified in a barrel. His hands, cable-tied, appear to be locked in prayer. As forensic officers remove the boy they are in for an even bigger shock – he is not alone.
With his near-fatal stabbing almost a memory, DI Bob Valentine is settling back into life on the force but he knows nothing will ever be the same. Haunted by unearthly visions that appear like waking dreams, he soon understands he is being inducted into one of Scotland’s darkest secrets.
When the boy in the barrel is identified as a missing child from the 1980s, it re-opens a cold case that was previously thought unsolvable. When further remains are unearthed, the facts point to a paedophile ring and a political conspiracy that leads all the way to the most hallowed corridors of power.

1. What have you been up to with your writing since we last spoke?
Well, the last few years has been pretty much all about DI Bob Valentine, Summoning the Dead being the third in that series. I have a fourth one mapped out but before I get to that there’s a new series kicking off with Bay of Martyrs. It’s co-authored with an Aussie writer called Matt Neal and set in SW Victoria. This one’s looking like being the start of a new series too, featuring an investigative reporter called Clay Moloney. I also have an American-set novel on the cards which is nothing like anything I’ve writen before and I’m toying with a new DI Rob Brennan book.
2. So far what was your favourite book to write in terms of characters and plot?
I think The Last Tiger was the biggest departure and the most interesting to me in terms of the research. It follows the demise of the Tasmanian tiger and has a historical setting. I’d like to return to this area but it’s all about finding a subject that interests you enough.
3. What do you see for the future for DI Bob Valentine?
I think he can run to a few more books but he is getting pressure from his wife to quit and there’s the dodgy ticker to consider too, so who knows.
4. Have you any events coming up that you can share with us?
I’m doing a few for Book Week Scotland: Montrose, Dumfries, Morningside and Danderhall. The week after that I’m off to Dundee again.
5. Which out of all your lead character has been your favourite to write about and if you could team two of them up and write a novel staring them, who would you chose and why?
I liked Marti Driscol in His Father’s Son, it’s great fun writing through the eyes of a child. Perhaps I’d team Marti with my Edinburgh PI Gus Dury in a kind of generational clash, I think that would provide some effortless comedy.
6. What has been your stand out moment so far as a Scottish crime fiction writer?
Perhaps sitting in a yurt, in Berlin, in the middle of winter, wrapped up in a parka and reading to a very polite German crowd from my very Scottish novel, Gutted.

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October 2016 crime author of the month interview with Les Wood 


1. How did you get started writing? I’d always been interested in writing creatively – in my job as a science lecturer in a university I have written for textbooks and academic papers, but these can be as dry as dust and so I looked for a way to express myself in a more imaginative, creative way. I started writing short stories and some poems, mainly just for my own pleasure at first but then began to take it a bit more seriously. I enrolled on some part-time Continuing Education courses on Creative Writing at Glasgow University and was lucky to have some superb tutors taking those classes. Later, I applied for the MPhil in Creative Writing at Glasgow – a difficult course to get on to, but highly prestigious. Again, I was lucky enough to be offered a place. I found the atmosphere on this programme to be tremendously supportive and encouraging. Also, around about this time I started submitting stories to competitions and anthologies and some of these were picked up and published, including one story which was one of the winners of the (now defunct) Canongate Prize for New Writing.

 

 

2. What drew you to write a crime novel? 

I suppose this novel is actually an ‘accidental’ crime novel. It started life as a very short flash-fiction piece about a bunch of disparate guys who have assembled in a derelict bingo hall, waiting for someone to arrive. I quite liked this story and began to wonder a bit more about who these guys were, why they were together in this place, who they were waiting for and what it was they were going to do. From there, I constructed their back-stories and worked out a detailed plot about them doing something dangerous and exciting – in this case setting up a heist to steal the world’s most famous diamond when it is exhibited in Glasgow. That’s when it became a crime novel! I had great fun inventing all sorts of obstacles for them to overcome and, importantly, given their complete ineptitude, how they overcame them. Whether they succeeded or not, you’ll have to read the book to find out!

 

 

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing? 

I’m a great admirer of Iain Banks, both in his ‘straight’ fiction and in his (Iain M Banks) science fiction. He has a fantastic way of manipulating plot and detail across sometimes huge canvasses. I also love Stephen King, for the way he can completely suck you into a story within two pages. He’s sometimes sniffily dismissed as “just a horror writer”, but this is grossly unfair; his best stuff stands with any other great writing. In terms of crime fiction, I like James Ellroy – such intricate, convoluted plots – Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and Peter May. I also devour short stories (particularly American short fiction). Whether any of these has specifically influenced my own style of writing is hard to say, but I’m sure I’ve absorbed something from all of them (as well as others).

 

 

 

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest? 

I did send early versions of the manuscript to a few publishers and had a couple of rejections but I just kept at it. I was lucky that someone at Freight Books took a chance and sent the manuscript to a specific crime editor for review, who said that they should go for it.

 

 

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?

I think it would have to be two favourite characters – there are a pair of identical twins in the book, one of whom is a bit more dim-witted than the other. They run a tattoo parlor, but have become embroiled in the heist to steal the diamond where they both will play a pivotal role by having to pretend to be each other. I had a lot of fun playing these two off against each other – gave lots of opportunities for comic relief.

 

 

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novel?

Not very much to be honest – I did find out a wee bit about how tattoos are done (though not to the extent of actually getting one for myself!), and I discovered a little about rare, coloured diamonds. There is a big set-piece in the book which takes place in what is probably an architecturally-impossible building – I didn’t research whether such a structure could really be built, but I just had a great time using it in the story (plus part of me would really like to see it if it did exist!)

 

 

7. Are the characters in your novel based on any real life? 

Absolutely not – I’m not sure I would want to know any of them in real life!

 

 

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novels out there? 

I think Dark Side of the Moon plays with convention a wee bit – it is essentially a high-concept Hollywood blockbuster storyline, but set in Glasgow, using real Glasgow voices and characteristics. I like the idea of having ordinary Glaswegian guys in such a high-stakes situation and seeing how they cope with it. They are not your Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis-type heroes!

 

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa? 

I hope not! See answer to question 7!

 

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?

I’m just about halfway through my next book. While Dark Side of the Moon is a heist story, this one is a chase story, starting in Manchester before moving to Glasgow and then the Scottish Highlands. Not quite The 39 Steps though! There may be one character from Dark Side of the Moon who makes an appearance in this one.

 

 

11. What was your favourite scene to write in your novel and why?

The book is made up of mainly quite short chapters, but there is one long, extended chapter (which takes up about a quarter of the book) where the characters are all in different locations and the action jumps to and fro between each of them, gradually building tension and excitement as things come together. I loved writing this section – I rattled through it and hopefully that is reflected in the pace of the story as it builds towards the climax.

 

 12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?

I guess, just to keep writing – try out those short stories, send them in to anthologies and magazines and see if there are any that are perhaps worth expanding into something bigger. I’d also advise joining a writing group – one where you can get good feedback with honest, but fair criticism.


Boddice, a crime lord looking over his shoulder for good reason, has assembled an unlikely band of misfit crooks. Their job is to steal a famous diamond worth millions, known as The Dark Side of the Moon. Despite the odds, the crew’s self-serving squabbles and natural incompetence, the plan progresses.

As events build to an explosive climax no one really knows who is playing who. Full of twists and turns and laugh-out-loud moments, this is a hugely enjoyable romp from entirely the criminal’s point-of-view, with not a single cop in sight.
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September 2016 Bloody Scotland Special Crime author of the month interview with Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is writer and lecturer for the UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands). Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2013 ‘Writing the Horror Movie’ which was co-authored with Marc Blake. 

She has recently returned to the Orkney Islands, after 37 years. Her first novel, ‘Dark Water’, is set in Orkney.
1. How did you get started writing? 

 

I’ve been writing poems and stories since I was little. We were all encouraged to read a lot as children and to use our imaginations. But I think that I started writing seriously when I got accepted on to the MA at Bath Spa. It was at that point I thought, ‘yeah, this is what I’m doing.’

 

2. What drew you to write a crime novel 

 

I don’t know that this is a crime novel. Without wanting to give anything away, I think it’s ambiguous as to whether a crime has been committed or not. I think that is up to the reader to decide.

 

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing? 

 

So many. I read across different styles and genres, so it is hard to say. But I admire the writing of people like Joanne Harris, Helen Dunmore and Michèle Roberts.

 

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest? 

 

Yes. I have a wonderful collection of rejections. They don’t get any easier to receive, but in the last year they did get nicer and more encouraging. I would say persistence is a writer’s greatest requirement. I was very lucky with Nightingale Editions. I had heard that Blackbird-Digital were looking for fiction and sent the book to them. They turned it down but then came back to me to say that they had a new imprint starting and would I like to be the debut novelist for them? Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity.

 

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?

 

I love Phil, he just made me happy when I wrote him, he’s a bit of a lovable rogue but also quite heroic. He plays a pivatol part in Helena’s life but his role in the book is fairly minor overall. I think he’s the sort of boy I’d have been drawn to when I was younger. But I like the way he is as an adult in the book too – he might be a bit of a lad, but he’s kind too.

 

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novel? 

 

Lots of people watching and observation for characterization. I did change some of the geographical layout of Orkney to fit with the story, for instance the cemetery isn’t where I’ve written it and some of the distances aren’t accurate. But it isn’t supposed to be a travel guide, I hope that there is enough that is right for a true sense of the place to come through. I also spoke to divers and did some on line research into the wrecks in the area, particularly those that were sunk next to the Churchill barriers.

 

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life? 

 

No. Not really. There are elements of people I’ve known and met, but no one person is drawn directly from life. The lads I hung around with as a teenager, shall we say, informed the writing of certain characters. The dad in the book isn’t my dad, but there’s an emotional truth in the relationship Helena has with him that came from my own relationship with my father.

 

8. What do you think makes your novel stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novel out there 

 

Perhaps because the crime is ambiguous – you have to decide for yourself at the end if a crime has been committed and what that crime is.

 

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa? 

 

I sincerely hope not! Although I’m sure there are parts of Helena that come from me. The nice bits, obviously.

 

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.

 

I’m working on the next book now. It is also set in Orkney and so far there’s one dead body and one missing body. This one is more of a crime novel in that the police are obviously involved right from the beginning.

 

11. In your novel is there a favourite part of the book that stands out for you and why.

 

The ending. It was hard getting it right, but once I did, I loved it.

 

12. As a up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share

 

Don’t give up. Keep writing and keep sending your work out there. I think it is easy to just give up and tell yourself you are writing for yourself. Which is nonsense – we write to be read. At the end of the day a story is a way of speaking to people – we just have to keep practicing until they hear us.

DUE OUT 3rd OCTOBER 2016 

Friendship doesn’t die, it waits…
A haunting and lyrical novel, Dark Water is a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.
When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney to care for her father after a heart attack, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. 
Still haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia – who vanished during a daredevil swimming incident – Helena must navigate her way though the prisms of memory and encounter not only her ghosts but also her first love, Dylan, the only one who can help her unravel the past and find her way back to the truth of what really happened that night.

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