crimes against humanity in fiction – a talk for national law week

May 4, 2013

I am honoured to be supporting Australian National Law Week, the aim of which is to raise awareness of legal services and people’s rights in the community. I have been asked by Albury City Council to speak on Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 6pm at the the Library Museum on the topic of crimes against humanity in fiction, especially crime fiction and thrillers. I will address why, in a violent world, crime fiction is so popular. In fact, crime fiction is one of the biggest selling genres of fiction worldwide.

So if you live near Albury, NSW, please join me on 14 May. I look forward to meeting you.

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CrimeFest 2013, with UK agent extraordinaire, Phil Patterson, from Marjacq Scripts

May 2, 2013

I am so excited to be part of the UK’s CrimeFest 2013, held in Bristol from 30 May to 2 June. There are so many wonderful crime fiction authors attending, I suspect I will be propping up the bar all night just to get a chance to say Hi.

Most exciting of all, I will be joined by my super-agent, Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts. Well, I think he’s super, anyway. Phil has been described as confessor, pimp and rottweiler to his authors, which could get very interesting! Phil, I am excited to be working with you! I feel honoured to join a long list of wonderful authors on Phil’s list, including  highly acclaimed Sunday Times No.1 best seller, Stuart MacBride; Melbourne-born Helen FitzGerald; James Follett; Katherine John; and so many more.

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John Birmingham’s Cheeseburger Gothic blog features extract from THIRST

Delighted John Birmingham chose an extract from Thirst for his tell-em-how-it-is, hilariously funny and deeply thoughtful blog, Cheeseburger Gothic. No wonder John was a finalist in the Best Australian Blog competition 2013. Congrats, JB!

Having just signed up with UK literary agent extraordinaire, Phil Patterson, of Marjacq Scripts, I read this piece on literary agents and nodded sagely in between laughs. JB says it loud and clear with a motherfucker or two thrown in for good measure: if you’re an aspiring author and your manuscript is ready, then GET YOURSELF AN AGENT! They are worth their weight in gold. Here’s his blog on agents.

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