LONGLISTED FOR THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD!
I’m so delighted – I’ve been longlisted for The Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. I can’t quite believe BONE BY BONE is alongside Lee Child’s MAKE ME and Julia Heaberlin’s BLACK-EYED SUSANS.
Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that ‘one simply has to turn the pages.’
And my day continued to get better, as I sat next to Ian Rankin for dinner at Crimefest! Ian said that he was a mid-list writer for eleven years before he broke into the best-seller list with BLACK AND BLUE. So with perseverance and luck there’s hope for us all.
Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me to get through to the shortlist!
CRIMEFEST 2015 – The most powerful thing a writer can do is to get a character to lie to herself.
This year I attended Crimefest, a literary event for crime fiction and thriller readers and writers. Here’s a brief snippet of what went on…
As a mixed-race writer, I’m acutely aware of skin colour. There’s always someone in my novels who isn’t white – Levi in my new thriller, Bone by Bone, is the key mixed-race character. I describe everyone by their skin colour and ethnicity.