Questions from Get Your Book Published

Posted on Jul 19, 2013

Get Your Book Published (www.getyourbookpublished.co.za) asked me these questions on writing: From first draft, to published book, how much editing do you do? I write and edit, write and edit in an ongoing process of refinement.  It means that I write pretty slowly, but I can’t separate writing from editing. Coming from a screenwriting background I am used to rewriting draft after draft, so I’ve learned not to get attached to the peerless beauty of a sentence. If I do then...

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My top ten crime books …

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

Mike Nicol, editor of BooksLIVE’s Crime Beat (www.crimebeat.bookslive.co.za) asked me, “What gets your blood racing when it comes to crime writing – both the fictional kind and the real horror?”  Here are my top ten books, in no particular order. My all time favourite writer of suspense or psychological mystery is Patricia Highsmith, and The Talented Mr Ripley is her masterpiece. She is a fine stylist and astute psychologist, and a fiendish manipulator of the reader. I’m...

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The Word Fiend interview …

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

  Shelagh from The Word Fiend (www.thewordfiend.net) interviewed me about What Hidden Lies – below is a transcript of our interview … Congratulations on the publication of your first novel with Penguin. This must be a very exciting time for you. What Hidden Lies is a complex, character driven thriller. Where did the inspiration for the story and the eclectic characters come from? Thank you for the kind congratulations.   It’s especially exciting to get positive...

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