life through a crime writer’s eyes

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Becoming a crime writer was one of the best moves I ever made.

It’s not all book signings and six figure advances, though I live in hope.

Please join me and discover what life looks like through the eyes of a crime writer.


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Two recent news stories have added to my fear that we’re not planning properly for the future in this country of ours. Imagine for a moment, you live in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, perhaps in a new development. It’s peaceful place, ...
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No Accident
No Accident is the first novel in the Kent Fisher series of murder mysteries. It taught me a lot, including the following five lessons. #1 – I could create original crime fiction Years of rejection can erode your self-confidence and ...
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River of Dreams
5th July 2019 – Songs that changed my life Sometimes you listen to a song and it has a special significance, a deeper resonance. It touches you in a way that makes your spine tingle. That was my criteria for ...
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unless you count the panting. 23rd June 2019. The highlight of the week was last Sunday’s Race for Life, when Carol and I ran 10K around Hampden Park in Eastbourne and raised £265 for Cancer Research UK. It was the ...
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Or why I took a two month break from Robservations. 14th June 2019. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. In early April my thoughts turned to the publication of the fourth Kent Fisher mystery, No More Lies, ...
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Talk and listen
There’s an adage that says you have two ears and one mouth – use them in those proportions. Sound advice, you might say, but us writers have our pens and word processors. We often have an audience who like our ...
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Editing
Did I really write that? Well, no one else did. It’s your name and title on the front cover. I could blame Harvey, my adorable West Highland white terrier, who sometimes wanders up, seeking attention or a treat. He may ...
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I learnt to run as a child, mainly to escape from the kids who didn’t like my stories and jokes. In time, this led to my selection for the school’s Junior Cross Country Team. Any initial euphoria at being selected ...
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Murder scene
Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes it feels like you can pluck them from the ether. And you can lose them just as quickly if you’re not careful. Many of my ideas come when I’m drifting off to sleep. Shaving in the ...
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Maybe I should have been a copywriter. After all, I love words and I love playing with words. No, I’m not in search of an alternative career. It’s another of those random thoughts that flit through my head now I’ve ...
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Harvey
Last night, with forecasts of heavy drifts of snow, and ice all over the roads and pavements, I was tempted to go on the Internet to see if I could hire a digger or bulldozer. How else could I dig ...
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There’s enough misery in the world without me adding to it. That’s why I like to escape into a fictional world. If I want gritty realism and the worst humanity has to offer, I can watch the news or a ...
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If you could go back in your life and change one decision you made, which would it be? We’re not talking about buying the wrong car here. We’re talking decisions that could be life changing – turning points, if you ...
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mask
In my childhood I improvised to survive. At times my life was as fictitious as the stories I read. Pretence was sometimes the only reality. That’s what made me a writer. I was eight when my father died. Though sad ...
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Are you one of those people who like talking about your feelings and achievements? Me neither. If you’re an author, you want people to look at and buy your books. You have to tell them what's good, why they invest ...
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