Friday, July 29, 2016


The diversity and quality of Irish Crime Fiction writing is in no doubt, and this new anthology TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS from NEW ISLAND, edited by award-winning crime writer DECLAN BURKE, will be a MUST READ!

I am really delighted to have a story within the collection. It is dark, it is dangerous and it is poignant, and I can't wait to read these new stories by Irish crime writersRoll on September publication!!! Loving the cover too!

See details below:

Selected and edited by award-winning crime writer Declan Burke, TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS showcases the absolute best in Irish crime writing today. From originators like Patrick McGinley and Ruth Dudley Edwards to global crime megastars like John Connolly and Eoin Colfer, there can be no doubt as to the serious quality of Irish crime writing in the twenty-first century. An absolute must-have for crime lovers! Featuring stories by: Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Colin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, Ken Bruen, Paul Charles, Julie Parsons, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin Colfer, Declan Hughes, Cora Harrison, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Jane Casey, Niamh O'Connor,William Ryan, Louise Phillips, Sinead Crowley and Liz Nugent.

TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS will be published on September 30th.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Murky Middle!!!

I've talked a lot in the past about the murky middle of a novel. It's where you've managed to get the essentials of the story down by introducing the fictional novel world to the reader, one with an array of characters, insights and a sense (albeit full of questions) of where the story is going - AKA Act 1. 

Act 3, is the final segment of the story when I have a reasonably good idea of how it all will end, but I can change my mind at a moment's notice.

The one sandwiched in the middle, is Act 2, which I refer to as the murky middle.

It gets even murkier when you're like me and you don't plot your story. Nor, do I know what my character are going to do next. Right now, I also have a whole load of things planted in the script that may or may not have an influence on the outcome. And yes, I know, people like the wonderful Jeffrey Deaver know the whole story before they even write a single word. But alas, the process is different for everyone. 

Despite hating the murky middle, because it is at times, DIRECTIONLESS, and I have to write and rewrite myself out of many a cul-de-sac, I secretly like that some weird and often wacky surprises happen in these troubled murky waters, even if like this morning, I have conversations like this with my partner.

ME:    'I have a word count of 1,500 words to do today.'
HIM:   'That's good.'
ME:    'No, it isn't.'
HIM:   'Why not?
ME:    'Because I've no idea what I'm going to write.'
HIM:   'Don't worry about that, you've been there before.'
ME:    'That doesn't help. What if I can't think of anything?'
HIM:   'You will.'
ME:    'That doesn't help either.'

Thankfully I squeezed the 1,500 words out....so I guess he was right, but there's still tomorrow! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Killer Chiller!!

It's not everyday that there's great news, but today is one of them!

I'm over the moon that the super talented Patricia Gibney has signed a 4 book deal with Bookouture.....

REMEMBER ME will be published in April next year and here's what Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar Smith, who acquired World English language rights from Ger Nichol at The Book Bureau, said of the deal:

"With rocket paced writing and fantastic series detective DI Lottie Parker, REMEMBER ME promises to be 2017’s serial killer-chiller. Patricia Gibney is a true pro and I can’t wait to get her books into the hands of readers."

On a personal front, I am also delighted that another one of my students has achieved publishing success. Her hard work and talent has been amazing and I never had any doubts that she would succeed! WELL DONE Patricia!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

4 Places Left! 4 Weeks to go! Crime Fiction Writing....

A week of Crime Fiction Writing at the Irish Writers Centre this August....

4 places left .....4 weeks to go

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Quick Fire at The Slaughter House - Richard Godwin & Louise Phillips

Thanks to Richard Godwin of The Slaughter House for this interview..

"I guess it’s no accident that the main protagonist in my novels is a mother with a young son, nor is it surprising that I write about family a lot, good ones and dysfunctional ones. I’ve experienced both."

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Feast of Irish Crime Novels for June & July 2016!

PARADIME by Alan Glynn – June 2016
After a stint as a private contractor in Afghanistan, Danny Lynch is back in New York. But nothing's easy. Work is hard to find and his girlfriend owes more than $30,000 in student loans. Danny is also haunted by something he witnessed at the base - a fact that could ultimately destroy him.
Then he spots Teddy Trager, tech visionary and billionaire. These two men couldn't be more different - except for one thing: in appearance, they're identical.
Danny becomes obsessed with Trager, and before long this member of the ninety-nine per cent is passing undetected into the gilded realm of the one per cent. But what does Danny find there? Who does he become? And is there a route home?
From the prize winning author of LimitlessParadime is a novel for fans of the great '70s conspiracy thrillers, rebooted for today's ever-globalising world.

GIRL UNKNOWN by Karen Perry - June 2016
Girl Unknown
When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed, but working - is trying to find space for someone new.

But Zoe's stories don't quite add up and lies become indistinguishable from truths. The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end.

Because they have let into their home a girl that they do not know. And now everything they have built has begun to violently, determinedly, break apart.

TREACHEROUS STRAND by Andrea Carter -June 2016
Treacherous Strand
A woman's body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen peninsula. Partially-clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area.
Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe is consumed by guilt; Marguerite was her client, and for the second time in her life, Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. So when local Sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite's death as the suicide of a disturbed and lonely woman, Ben cannot let it lie.

THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Cat Hogan - July 1st 2016
They all Fall down
Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.

When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage and the scars of the past behind her. Then she is introduced to Scott, Andy’s best friend, and is stung by his obvious disdain for her. Why is Scott so protective of his best friend? What is the dark secret that threatens all of them?

In her attempt to find answers, Jen must confront her demons and push her relationships to their limits. By digging up the past, she puts Danny and herself in danger. Will she succeed in uncovering the truth before they all fall down?

Raw and energetic, They All Fall Down is a fast-paced and addictive novel exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction.

SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville - July 7th 2016
So Say the Fallen
When DCI Serena Flanagan is asked to sign off the suicide of a severely disabled local businessman, she finds herself envying the grieving widow's comfortable life and devoted marriage, until the widow's close relationship with the local rector starts to sound an alarm. But with a clean crime scene and no evidence to back her up, have Serena's instincts led her down the wrong path?
With her husband struggling to deal with the aftermath of an attack that nearly cost him his life, and her young children anxious and unhappy, Serena's determination to unlock the mystery of what happened in that house may cost her her job - and her family.

LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent - July 14th
Lying in Wait
'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.'
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants ...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Intensive Crime Fiction Course 15- 19th August!!!!

Sure what better way to spend your time than an intensive writing workshop at the Irish Writers Centre....And here is a brief YouTube link....

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