What’s on, Skelton-wise, for the next month
Who was the mysterious writer of gratuitous horror that enthralled the teenage author?
What set me on the road to crime?
What British crime writer appeared in court charged with obscenity?
Today, class, let’s talk about length. I have a problem with excessive length… Okay, get the giggling over with. I’ll wait. Fine… I am, of course, talking about books. And films. And TV series. I recently read a book, a crime thriller, that ran to 600 pages. It’s not that uncommon. Now, I was in […]
The true life case that inspired one of the earliest detective stories – and the questions that still hang over it. Is it possible the man responsible for creating the genre was himself a murderer?
A blank page. That’s what all authors begin with. Pristine white, apart from the blink of the cursor, flashing like some kind of Morse Code challenge. Come on, it says, amaze me. Thrill me. Fill me with wonder. Sometimes though, the author stares back, knowing that filling anything with wonder is just not on the […]
OVER on that Facebook place, I was challenged by pal Richard Bruce to come up with seven books that influenced me. My regular reader – she’s a nice woman – will know that I’ve been influenced very much by Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels and the western ‘SHANE’. She also knows that one of my […]
I’ve got a new book heading your way later this year. Something different. Well, for me. For once, it’s not set in Scotland. I’ve spread my writing wings across the Atlantic to set a thriller in New York. It’s been described as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos and it’s a fast-moving conspiracy thriller in the […]
It’s been 40 years since we were introduced to the world of the Empire, the Jedi and The Force.