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Learning from masters

First, I'd like to apologise for the fact this October newsletter is being sent out mid-November. After thinking I had escaped the clutches of the dreaded Covid I caught it, which has left me feeling rather ill and not at all motivated to do anything. Now, with that...

Enter a forensic wonderland

Without a doubt writers sometimes utilise artistic license and certain points in a story become . . . elastic. There can also be unwitting mistakes made despite extensive research and Beta readers.I have mentioned working on a contemporary murder/mystery novel set in...

Fact versus fantasy

Last week I went to an event at the Auckland Writers Festival - a fantastic annual event that attracts national and international stars -  to listen to three Kiwi writers speak. All three are either serving or ex-police officers. Of course due to their experience they...

Old dog, new tricks.

I overthink things. Constantly. For example, if I'm changing mannequins in the window (I work in a women's' clothing store) I will dress them, position them, then walk onto the concourse to check how they look to passersby, as standard practice. Sometimes I swap their...

Kiwi crime writers on fire

I read a lot, and I read fast. At least I like to think I do. Yet, even though it is only halfway through the year, I have a strong suspicion I will be beaten by my Goodreads target for 2022. By a long shot. That target is 150. That is 150 books I need to consume by...

You live where? Really?

I could spend hours looking at maps, the older the better, fascinated by the names of towns, rivers, mountain ranges and lakes. With regards to towns in the U.S. there is Pony, MT, Concrete, WA, Embarrass, MN, and Nowhere, CO. Some are clearly named after an industry,...

What’s in a name?

As the title of a book is important, so are the names of characters, particularly the protagonist. Hennessey Reed started life as Indigo Vane, though it's interesting how the subconscious works; when I Googled Indigo Vane it turns out there is a band with that name so...

In search of titles.

Each of my books started with a title that became a working title. One for Another was originally Cascading Wicked. It took a while, and my sister saying 'Cascading Wicked is cool, but what does it actually mean?'to even consider changing it. (It's easy to get...

The Wizadry of words

Someone recently commented that even though they consider themselves well read, they needed to look up several words they came across in Hennessey's latest adventure. It's not the first time a reader has said this.I get it. Works set in the era of One For Another and...

Merry New Year

As 2021 winds to a close, it is natural to reflect on the year that has been. I've decided that is a slippery slope as, of course, this past year has been such a strange one.I had great plans, but some of those plans fell by the wayside due mainly to border...