Top 5 Brilliant Books Set In Brighton

My crime debut, The Other Twin, is set in Brighton, UK. I grew up in  a seaside town myself, plus Brighton is perhaps best known for its LGBT community (a key theme in the book), so I wanted to bring this place to life in my writing … So I looked to how others had…

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BEST OF 3: My Inspiring Secret Library

When someone asks you which books have influenced you, it’s very easy to fall into the ‘expected’ answers … Often because they’re true! It’s no secret how much I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, especially as it prompted me to give crime writing a whirl myself. So when Cafe Thinking asked me to name 3…

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CRIMINALLY GOOD: interview with author Mike Thomas

 1) So, who are you & what have you written? In short: a fortysomething, six feet six, seventeen stone ex-cop turned author and writer-for-hire. I live with my family in the recently-burned-down middle of Portugal, having moved here four of years ago. I was a police officer in South Wales for more than two decades,…

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My Life In Books – The Stories That Inspired Me

This post originally appeared on Random Things Through My Letterbox. Read it HERE. Many thanks to the awesome Anne Cater for asking me to it down and think about the books that inspired me and left a lasting impression in my life! I was really surprised to discover what came to mind first … have…

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Top 5 Twisted Sister Stories To Creep You Out

This post originally appeared at Book Review Café. Read the original post, HERE. I read a LOT of books involving sisters for my research for my crime debut, The Other Twin and to get into ‘the zone’! They seem to be everywhere at the moment … This is one trend that shows no sign of…

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Top 5 Perfect Pens

Weird Writing Habits The quirks of writers are no stranger to the cannons of lore that constitute calling down the muse in the creative quest to get words on the page. Or more simply, when it’s time to turn up at your desk and get some shit done! From Hemingway, who wrote standing up to…

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Behind The Crime (Novel): In Conversation With LV Hay

This post appeared originally on Greenacre Writers. Read the original post, HERE.  I loved the questions asked here – they really made me think, especially 2 and 3! Writing the character I mention in number 3 was really tough; I had to do a lot of research and reflection to fathom why someone might behave…

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