CRIMINALLY GOOD: interview with author Brian Stoddart

1)    So, who are you & what have you written? I’m Brian Stoddart and I write a historical crime series set in British India featuring Superintendent Chris Le Fanu. Three out so far and the latest, A Straits Settlement, was long listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best New Zealand Crime 2017. You can…

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The ‘Best of’ Everything (According To Me)

When Vicki from Off The Shelf Books challenged me recently to come up with my ‘best of’ favourites for everything from authors to snacks, it’s fair to say I struggled a little picking just one! Chew on these for size … Here’s my fave: … author I can have only one?? Blimey. I love most…

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BEST OF 3: Tara Lyons, Author

1) Into the Darkest Corner, Elizabeth Haynes WHY I LIKE IT: This book is dark, claustrophobic and scary as hell. I’ve never felt such a connection with a main character as I did with Cathy. It’s very cleverly written. 2) Flowers for the Dead, Barbara Copperthwaite  WHY I LIKE IT: The storyline is twisted and…

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My 2017 Reading Pledge Update (Third Quarter)

See my first quarter reading pledge results, HERE. Want to see my second quarter results? CLICK HERE. So, I’ve been so mega-busy this week I haven’t had chance to post my results for the third quarter of the year on my reading pledge until now! Here goes … If you recall, I pledged to read and review…

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BEST OF 3: Awesome diverse characters of all time

As a script editor for movies and short film, I noticed a long time ago there’s a kind of homogenisation of characters in stories. Too often, stories are white, male, heterosexual and abilitity-centric, marginalising all others as being representative of ‘issues’. It’s for this reason I wrote my latest non-fiction book, Writing Diverse Characters In…

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Top 18 Questions On What Makes Me A Writer

People always ask me WHERE I get my ideas from, or even WHY I became a writer … So I thought I’d round up some of my thoughts on this for a post! Many thanks to Katherine at Bibliophile Book Club for these thought-provoking questions and for hosting me over at her site recently as…

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