Wendy H Jones Killer’s Crypt

This is the sixth book in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries

Where better to dump a dead body than in a crypt? As the body count rises faster than the soaring temperatures, DI Shona McKenzie is hurtled into the midst of another deadly case. But this killer is always one step ahead of the law. Why? The revelation will shock them to the core.

Launch: Monday 14th August 6pm Waterstones Dundee

Website: http://www.wendyhjones.com


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There’s been a murder interview with Ian Skewis

1. How did you get started writing? 


I started writing in 1989. I had some poems published in a local paper, which then led to an invite to join the team of a local free paper called The West-Ender. I lasted there for about half a year before I needed to leave in order to pursue my studies at art school in Aberdeen.


2. What drew you to write a novel? 


In 1979 my family and I discovered a dead body of a man hanging from a tree in the countryside. I was nine years old. I felt compelled to write about it some ten years later, perhaps as a way of dealing with it. The idea was to write a graphic novel, but as time went on it developed into a proposal for a stage play, and then, after many years of putting it off, and then dusting it down and looking at it time and again, it finally transformed into the first draft of what would become A Murder Of Crows. It took that long!


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


Alan Moore's graphic novel Swamp Thing was an early influence and I'm a big fan of Graham Greene, Ian McEwan and Iain Banks. My writing was once compared to Banks' early work, which was flattering, but I try to just be myself really.


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


It was difficult in that there is so much information and so much mis-information it's tricky to know where to start searching. I was lucky in that my novel was snapped up very quickly (after some 28 years of working on it!) and now it's having a bit of a snowball effect. In the end you have to do what's right for you, which isn't necessarily going to be the correct thing for other writers.


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


Alice Smith seems to be everyone's favourite and she was my favourite character to write. I enjoyed writing from the perspective of someone who has dementia and it was very troubling living inside her mind for the duration of that story. A challenge, but it was absolutely worth it.


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


I was regularly in touch with an ex-police officer, who taught me about the procedural aspects of the story. I also did some research on dementia, though it exists in my family, so some of that came from direct experience.


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


Some of them are, but only loosely, though I did write a short story, Inkling, which featured a deceased acquaintance of mine. I had a really weird dream about him and wrote it down. It was then published in The Speculative Book.


8. How do you feel about being on the list for the Not The Booker Prize?


I was shocked! Pleasantly so. I had no idea I'd been put forward for it. I never got through to the short list, but to be honest, I didn't expect to. The competition was very fierce. But I'm very happy to have been a contender.


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


Yes, there are elements of myself in the two protagonists, Jack and Scott. Despite the fact that they are poles apart they both share an introspection and, for Jack certainly, an empathy for others. That's very me.


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


I'm currently working on the sequel to A Murder Of Crows, which is coming along nicely and has some very surprising twists, some which even I did not see coming! I'm also working on two other book proposals and a short story anthology entitled Borrowed, which is being crowdfunded at the moment.


11. If you had the opportunity to write a novel with any crime writer alive or dead, who would it be and why?


Whilst I'm carving out an identity for myself as a writer I can't conceive of writing with someone else. Never say never, but I do like the solitary confinement of writing.


12.  Do you have words of advice you can share with anyone who is interested in writing a novel?


Have courage. Don't procrastinate. Just go out there and do it.

‘There are shades of Iain Banks’ early works in here, and that is a very good thing.’
Russel D McLean, 2014.

A Murder Of Crows is the debut novel by Ian Skewis.

An intriguing dark, crime thriller that is both psychological and unsettling.

The story begins when the most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above the fictional town of Hobbs Brae on the west coast of Scotland – a young couple, Alistair and Carol, take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.

Jack Russell is the detective who tries unsuccessfully to maintain a relationship with his estranged wife and his all too distant son. Approaching retirement, he agrees to undertake one final investigation as a way of escaping his personal problems and ending his career on a high. He is assigned to the case of Alistair and Carol – a case that he believes will be solved easily.

However, the clues in the forest lead him to the unnerving conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started. Jack is flung headlong into a race against time to prevent the evolution of a killer. But the arrival of a stranger with an unlikely alias and the machinations of an ambitious adversary, conspire to lead him unwittingly into a trap devised by a serial killer who knows him all too intimately…





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There’s been a murder author interview with Claire Macleary 

1. How did you get started writing?  

I’d always wanted to write. Won essay prizes at school, read English at university, held down jobs in advertising. But for years I was too busy running my own business and raising a family to contemplate anything more. It was only when my children reached senior school that I joined a Dundee University Continuing Education class in Creative Writing. At the end of the year, the group – Nethergate Writers – published an anthology of short stories. I was in print!



2. What drew you to write a novel 


Having a number of my short stories published increased my confidence.

A window of opportunity then allowed me to enrol on a one year full-time course in Creative Writing at Dundee, where what became the first scene in my crime novel formed part of my first semester writing folio. My 17,000-word dissertation showed me I had the ability to move beyond the short story so, after graduating MLitt with distinction in 2011, I sat down to write Cross Purpose.



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


My style is pared-down, leaving much to the reader’s imagination. It has evolved over time and been subject to many influences: Dickens and Dostoevsky in my teens, Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver in my twenties through to Edith Pearlman and Carol Shields in the present day.

Writers I aspire to include: Chekov, Katherine Mansfield and Lorrie Moore for their short stories, William Boyd for his breadth of vocabulary and empathy, Alice Munro for close observation, Jayne Anne Phillips for dense, lyrical prose.



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


It took several years between completing my novel and seeing it in print.

My first break came when I successfully pitched to agent Jenny Brown, who encouraged me to work with crime editor Al Guthrie.

I then submitted the synopsis and first three chapters of Cross Purpose to a handful of publishers. All of them asked to read the full manuscript. Two made an offer.

I chose to sign with Saraband, under their dedicated crime imprint, Contraband. Owner Sara Hunt offered me a two book deal. Her author Graeme Macrae Burnet was subsequently short-listed for The Booker Prize.



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


My readers’ favourite is Big Wilma, probably because she’s larger than life and a bit dodgy.!

I find all my characters absorbing. They live in my head, and have a habit of speaking to me, often at four in the morning. I rarely know what they’re going to do next. If there’s one that intrigues me, it’s ‘baddie’ James Gilruth. It will be interesting to see when, and if, he shows his weak spot.



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


Until I set out to write a crime novel, I’d read hardly any crime, other than the occasional spy thriller, so the first thing I did was read extensively: mainly Scottish, but also Scandi, French and Italian authors.

In plotting my novel, I deliberately steered away from the well-trodden path of the detective with a drink/divorce problem or the highly-skilled forensic scientist. Instead, my protagonists are two ill-matched non-professional ‘women of a certain age’ – the sort of characters readers’ can readily identify with. Think Tartan Noir meets Happy Valley!

More specific research involved a visit to the Dissection Room at Dundee University’s Life Sciences faculty and to the Council Mortuary in Aberdeen, along with reconnaissance visits to Aberdeen locations I planned to use.

I also sought the assistance of a former Aberdeen detective and a private investigator.



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


No, though they are informed by experience. In the 80s, I lived as a university wife in Old Aberdeen and my son went to nursery in Seaton, so I saw first-hand the void between student life and the deprivation experienced by many residents in Seaton, as evidenced by Willie Meston and his gang of toe-rags.



8. How do you feel to be on the short list for the Bloody Scotland 2017

Macillvaney crime book of the year award 


I’m a huge admirer of the late Willie McIlvanney, founding father of Tartan Noir, as Scottish crime fiction has come to be known.

I heard the news on a boat in Bratislava. Sara Hunt, my publisher, had been trying to call me. My phone was switched off, and there was no Wi-fi reception other than in Bratislava’s Old Town. So I rushed ashore, found a bar, and the rest… Well, how would you feel if your debut novel was up there with Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Lin Anderson, Ian Rankin?

I was, as Big Wilma would say, “knocked off my stotter!”



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


My daughter tells me I go at everything head-on, so perhaps there’s a bit of that in Wilma. I’m also driven, as Maggie is in her quest for justice. Plus, my favourite tipple is red wine!



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


I’ve recently submitted to my editor the first draft of Burnout. Every bit as “dark and devious” as Cross Purpose, the second in the Harcus & Laird series features the same cast of characters and addresses white collar domestic abuse. Burnout is scheduled for launch next spring.


11. If you had the opportunity to write a novel with any crime writer alive or dead, who would it be and why


Where do I start? There are so many crime writers I admire and to whom today’s crime fiction authors owe a debt of gratitude. However, I’ll opt for a woman, and that woman is the late Phyllis James. Why? Because she was so wise, and so gracious with it. Also because she lived to a ripe old age!

12. Do you have words of advice you can share with anyone who is interested in writing a novel?


Be realistic. Getting published is a long process. You won’t earn much and will often be disappointed.


If you’re still motivated, sit down and do it. To help you along, join a writing group/book club/evening class. Seek out other writers. Start to think like a writer.


Persevere. It’s 90% a question of chipping away and 10% luck.
Claire MacLeary

When Maggie Laird’s disgraced ex-cop husband suddenly dies, her humdrum suburban life is turned upside down. With the bills mounting, she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of neighbour ‘Big Wilma’. And so an unlikely partnership is born.
But the discovery of a crudely mutilated body soon raises the stakes… and Maggie and Wilma are drawn into an unknown world of Aberdeen’s sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers.
Cross Purpose is surprising, gritty, sometimes darkly humorous – a tale combining police corruption, gangs and murder with a paean to friendship, loyalty and how ‘women of a certain age’ can beat the odds.

Author, Contraband, the crime imprint of Saraband, publisher of the Man Booker shortlisted ‘His Bloody Project’

Debut novel ‘Cross Purpose’ longlisted for The McIlvanney Prize 2017

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Crime at the Castle with Wendy h jones 

A Funny Thing Happened on a Day at the Castle 

My tale is a lesson on what can happen when you take a punt. A couple of months ago I had a day out at Glamis Castle. There was a Royal Robes exhibition on, and I particularly wanted to see it. The exhibition is spectacular and well worth seeing by the way.


What is even more spectacular is what grew out of that visit. I have long been interested in running a crime event at Glamis Castle. I got chatting to a lovely American lady who worked there. It turned out we were both writers so I enquired who I would ask about putting on a Crime Writing Festival there. It turned out the lady I was chatting to, Pauline Cawdery, was the very person I needed. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together.


From a day out, Scotland’s newest, and most unique, Crime Festival was born – Crime at the Castle. I am honoured and delighted to have been one of the co-founders with the castle. My good friend, Suzanne Milne, has now come on board and is a very welcome addition to the organising committee. I am pleased to say she is as excited as I am about the event, and I’m sure between us all we will make it a great success.


Glamis Castle have been amazing. The event will use the whole castle, including the Dining Room, Drawing Room, Queen Mothers Sitting Room, Chapel and 16th Century Chambers. The bookshop and book signings will be held in the Crypt. There is a cracking line-up of top Crime Writers. Who are they, I hear you ask? That, my friends, will have to remain a mystery. All will be revealed at the end of July.


The date for your diary is 24th February 2018. Ticket sales will open at the end of July, when the speakers are officially announced. Until then, make sure it’s in your diary, and watch this space.

There’s been a murder author interview with Tana Collins


 1. How did you get started writing


I always loved writing short stories at school but it was many years before I attempted to write a full length novel. The seeds must have been germinating in my mind though as I woke up in the middle of the night about ten years ago with a working title and opening scene of a violent murder and that story became my debut novel, Robbing the Dead.


2. What drew you to write a crime novel


I had never even read a crime novel until I picked up Peter Robinson’s In a Dry Season, about thirteen years ago. I loved the blurb on the back of the book and the fact it was set in two timeframes, present day and Second World War. As soon as I started reading it I was knocked out, not just by the characterisation, but by the strong sense of place Robinson manages to convey in his portrayal of Yorkshire. I knew then that I wanted to write a novel with a strong sense of place. And I knew it would have to be set in Scotland.



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


I have to admit to being a massive Enid Blyton fan when I was a child. The Secret Seven books were the first series I ever read and I guess the author got me wanting to write a series of my own! Peter Robinson was my biggest influence. I was thrilled when I found out he was giving a summer writing course in Estonia a few years ago. I booked myself on it and flew out. That was quite an adventure. I love Henning Mankell for his characterisation and social commentary. I’m also a big fan of Peter May and Ann Cleeves.


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


I was incredibly lucky. I waited until I had three completed novels before I started trying to find a publisher. I got picked up by Bloodhound Books who offered me a three book publishing contract last October within eight months of looking for a publisher.


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


I like both my leads, DCI Jim Carruthers and DS Andrea Fletcher. I only noticed when I finished writing Robbing the Dead, that Carruthers is more like me in personality and Fletcher has more of my life experiences.


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


I’ve done a lot of research for all of my novels. Robbing the Dead is based on a true event that occurred in the early 1970s. I like to find interesting details about events which humanise them and which we can all relate to. The second novel, Care to Die, was also inspired by events back in the 1970s and how these events have impacted on people’s lives over forty years later. In some ways it’s an even darker read than Robbing the Dead. For the third novel, Mark of the Devil, which is definitely not about the 1970s, I had to do a lot of research on international art crime which was fascinating.


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


I think as a writer most of our main characters are based on people we know to some extent but they are usually made up of several different people. A couple of my characters are based on people I used to work with twenty years ago when I first moved to Edinburgh but I had better say no more than that!



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


I’ve had some amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for Robbing the Dead which have thrilled me! It’s hard to believe that in the first fortnight of publication the novel sold nearly 1,000 copies. Readers seem to like the fast pace of my novels (no slow burners for me!) the flawed but likeable characters and the fact I try to make my storylines interesting and original.


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


In terms of personality I’m probably more like Jim Carruthers than anyone else. We both tend to brood and both like our ‘alone’ time. And we both love the environment. A little known fact about Jim is that he is a member of the RSPB but he won’t admit that to his colleagues. He’s also got his flaws. He’ll cut corners when he thinks he can get away with it, has difficulty with authority figures and can be hot headed but basically he’s a decent guy doing a difficult job.


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


Care to Die is being published on 1st June 2017 so I’m really excited about that. It has the same set of characters as are in the first novel but their personal lives have moved on. Like the first book it is set in present day Fife but our Inspector Carruthers has to fly to Iceland in this story. The novel has lots of twists and turns so will keep our investigative team busy.


11.What was your favourite Scene to write and why


I’m not sure I have a favourite scene although I do like the early scene where we first meet Inspector Carruthers and see him leaving his Anstruther cottage to go to the locus where the body of the young man has been found. I enjoy weaving in some local colour and history of the place I’m writing about and Fife is full of both!


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


Don’t give up! I can’t tell you how close Robbing the Dead came to being ditched. And the truth of it is that early on it just wasn’t good enough to be published. It had two massive rewrites and I’m delighted I persevered. Read everything you can get your hands on in your genre. Hang out with other crime writers. They are incredibly supportive of new writers. Last bit of advice would be get yourself a good editor before approaching publishers.


In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it? 
Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.
Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fetcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?

Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi. 
When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.
On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.
But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve, have to do with the investigation?
Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?
And are they hunting for one killer or more?
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There’s been a murder author interview with Helen Fields

1. How did you get started writing? 

The first two books I wrote, I self-published. At that stage I didn’t try to get an agent or explore the traditional publishing route. I was testing myself to see if I enjoyed the process and could start and finish projects. Also, it’s hard to edit and you really have to develop that skill, so it was a great starting point. The books are in the cross-over fantasy genre, and there are still characters in them I think about. After I got an agent, I changed to writing crime fiction which is where my area of expertise is, given my time working as a criminal barrister.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel 

Writing crime was an obvious choice for me, but also the genre I love to read. I like thrillers and enjoy police procedurals, so I combined them in Perfect Remains, where you see both the police, and are able to watch the antagonist on his own, following the plight of the women he has abducted. It seemed like the best of both worlds to be able to follow both strands of the story.
3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing? 

As a child my first love was Tolkien. I adored his ability to world build, and to create enduring characters whose lives you really cared about. It wasn’t long until I found the dark side, however, and I read and reread everything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and any other horror writers I could find. These days I like a good mix of genres, although you can’t beat Christopher Brookmyre for crime as far as I’m concerned. I love Patricia Cornwell for the forensic details, and my most recent discovery was ES Thomson. I do enjoy historical thrillers, which is the other genre I write in these days. 

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

I was very lucky finding an agent, but I made sure I did my research and only applied to agents interested in my genre and who were actively looking for new writers to represent. I found my agent through the Winchester Writers’ Conference and can thoroughly recommend such events for networking and getting your name out there. It’s not all plain sailing though. It still took some time to get a publishing deal. There’s no quick fix when it comes to writing. Everything takes ten times longer than you expect. You have to accept that you’re in the business for the long haul and fill those months of no news with words on the page.

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

I think my favourite character from Perfect Remains is DI Ava Turner, mainly because she’s the woman I wish I was. She’s funny, keeps her nerve, is unflappable and hard to impress.And she’s the sort of person I’d want as a friend. I think if you can write those people into your work, you add a natural warmth to the narrative. I dislike reading novels where I can’t find any characters I genuinely like because it means I end up not investing in the story fully.

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

The research for Perfect Remains was in two parts. The first was proper locations scouting – I don’t write about places I haven’t personally visited if I can possibly avoid it, down to every bar, street and park. That was blissful of course, because I had excuses to spend plenty of time in Scotland. The second part was the forensics. Whilst I dealt with a lot of forensic evidence as a criminal lawyer, the scenarios in my novel are very specific and required careful reading (particularly the teeth). I don’t recommend anyone to type in “amateur dentistry” to a search engine though. I had nightmares.

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

The characters in my book are not based on any single people who really exist, but aspects of their characters are drawn from a variety of police officers, experts and defendants I met during my career. What brings characters to life are the details – the things they love, their habits, their sense of humour. DI Luc Callanach is not based on anyone though. (If anyone knows a half French half Scottish former model turned policeman I would LOVE to meet him!)

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

I hope that Perfect Remains stands out in the crime genre by virtue of opening the door to see inside the head of a psychopath. I like to be scared, and I like crossing the threshold of normality. Some readers have said that Perfect Remains is too much for them, and I sympathise, but that’s really the point. I wanted to explore the deaths of a twisted human psyche and to follow their train of thought. What’s more scary than that?
9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa? 

 I don’t really see myself reflected in any of my characters. For me, writing is escapism, so as far as possible I’m trying to create a life well beyond my own experiences and personality.

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

Books two and three in the DI Callanach series are already written. Perfect Prey comes out on 27 July this year and I’m really excited about it! Two killers this time, and I wouldn’t want to bump into either of them on a dark night. Ava is going through some tough stuff in her personal life, and it leads her to make some bad choices. Callanach makes a couple of new (if unlikely) friends and is forced to operate under the radar to solve a case. I absolutely loved writing it. But again, I’m afraid, this one’s not for the faint-hearted.
11. What is your favourite scene in your novel and why

I think my favourite scene in Perfect Remains is when Ava gets into a fight in the pub, and handles it with her usual cool head. I took up marital arts a couple of years ago as a way to get actively involved in an activity with my kids, so it was fun to put that knowledge to some use. Also, I love the idea that Luc is sufficiently sure of Ava’s ability to handle herself that he didn’t feel the need to intervene. The feminist in me enjoyed writing it.

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

What would I say to any up and coming writers? It’s all possible. Yes, you need discipline, dedication, and the time and space to write. Also, you need a clear head for editing. But actually there’s no magic to what writers do. You build one sentence after another. Write not what you know, but what you love. Write the book you’d like to read. Write what moves and excites you. If I hurt or kill a character I care about, I’ll do so with tears streaming down my face. If you can’t move yourself, you can’t move anyone else. Create stories that stick in your head long after you’ve turned off the light. Oh, and editing – it can’t be rushed. Never send out a work you haven’t polished. 
Books – (Self-published: ‘The Immolation of Eve’ and ‘The Vengeance of Legion’
DI Callanach Thrillers

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness…Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care. It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes …The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined. 

The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series.

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.
DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.
It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

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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.

For more information about these events and to book tickets go to the website at http://www.ayewrite.com/pages/default.aspx

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.

For more information about these events and to book tickets go to the website at http://www.ayewrite.com/pages/default.aspx