Long listed for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award!



category_icons03I’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.IMG_3403

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.

IMG_3405Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me to get through to the shortlist!




Crimefest 2015

category_icons03CRIMEFEST 2015 The most powerful thing a writer can do is to get a character to lie to herself.

Julia Crouch

IMG_1876This year I attended Crimefest, a literary event for crime fiction and thriller readers and writers. Here’s a brief snippet of what went on…

The Other

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.

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