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Funeral Sites by Jessica Mann

When I wrote Funeral Sites, I didn’t realize that I was writing a thriller. It was, I thought, a crime novel – my eighth – and I gave its heroine, Tamara Hoyland, many of the attributes that I wished I had. She was athletic, brave, self-sufficient and free. I was totally unathletic, had never needed…
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White Mischief by Tim Madge

William Hague’s call in the Daily Telegraph for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational as well as medical purposes throws a large stone in a very muddy pond. Apart from the surprise that a senior Tory could come out with an eminently sensible suggestion with regard to UK drugs policy, I am left wondering what,…
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The Constant Evolution of a Writer-Dad, by Robert Parker

I love being a writer-dad, without question. I have three children. Young children, ages of 7 years old, 3 and 8 months. Two girls to start with, then a little lad tacked on the end. I’m 35, and married. So life is busy, before you even try to do anything with it. Writing full time…
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Don’t Go Out After Dusk… by Sally Spedding

Myself and my artist husband moved from Wales to Northampton in 1996 for his new job at its university. In grief at leaving our rural idyll, I checked on a map with my ruler where the nearest coast was. Where the River Nene dividing Lincolnshire from Norfolk, meets the North Sea. So off we went.…
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The Williamson Papers by Tom Williams

Having published my three books about James Burke, a real person who operated as a spy during the Napoleonic wars, Endeavour are now publishing the John Williamson Chronicles. The John Williamson books could hardly be less like the ones about James Burke. John Williamson is a fictitious character living in the mid-19th century. His three…
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Eagles by Lewis Orde

An author friend once told me that God created people for one reason only – for authors to use as characters in books. My friend was exaggerating, he often did with a beer or two inside him, but in every instance of hyperbole rests an element of truth. In Eagles, I borrowed often from friends…
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A scattered mind: portraying mental illness in ‘A Thin Sheet of Glass’, by Pippa Beecheno

I inherited a story based on loss: a black hole of a loss, a loss from within a closely knit extended family – a family that didn’t know about its loss until decades later. My great-aunt was diagnosed with schizophrenia just before the Second World War, her dynamism and potential curtailed by illness, circumstance, and…
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Death Logs In by E. J. Simon

Where did I get the inspiration for Death Logs In? Death Logs In is the follow up novel to Death Never Sleeps – it’s a free-standing sequel. The inspiration for both books came from two of my favorite movies: The Godfather and 2001 Space Odyssey. I loved the treatment of the family relationships in The…
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Researching The Fear at Rockbridge Hall and Dear Miss Maitheson, by Tim Heath

Both my novellas are set in the period 1890-1, and so a certain amount of research was required. Ever since writing my Sherlock Holmes play, The Adventure at Sir Arthur Sullivan’s, also set in 1891, I have lived in fear of ‘Anachronism Analysis’. Sherlockians can be pedantic about historical detail in the saga of the great…
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A Collar of Jewels by Pamela Pope

My novel A Collar of Jewels is initially based on a true story once told to me by a very elderly friend.  Just prior to the start of the 20th Century her aunt left Southampton for New York to start a new life with her husband and young baby, but when they arrived her  husband…
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