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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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Who was James Burke? by Tom Williams

Endeavour are just publishing my books about James Burke, a spy for Britain during the Napoleonic wars. James Burke was a real person. He was born in 1771 and, lacking the money he needed to buy a commission in the British Army, he went off and fought for the French. Britain and France weren’t at…
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Cambridge Fellows Mystery Series, by Charlie Cochrane

I’m a huge fan of classic cosy mysteries: Christie, Sayers, Conan Doyle and the like are all grist to my reading mill. But my absolute favourite, and the book which inspired me to start writing in the first place, is Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes. It’s witty, erudite, just a bit odd…
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Writing ‘Sky Dog’, by Mark Rogers

I’m tempted to say my crime novel, Sky Dog, was inspired by a dream, but that wouldn’t be fully accurate. The idea did come to me in the middle of the night in the hours before dawn. I’d awakened and the sounds of the Mexican night were the usual mix of complete silence intermittently pierced by…
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Oney, My Escape From Slavery, by Diana Rubino and Piper Huguley

Post by Diana Rubino I wanted to write a bio novel about Martha Washington, but do something different. The idea to use Oney as narrator hit me like lightning one day out of the blue. I asked my friend, popular African American romance author Piper Huguley, to help me and the result is Oney, My Escape…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 14

‘Where do you get your ideas?’ People tend to ask that question when they hear that you write novels. But ideas are everywhere, available to everyone: you only have to recognise them, and store them in your mind until you have a need for them. This process can take years, or decades. Along the way, ideas…
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