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Larkin's Latest

Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

Thirst – Best crime fiction 2012

November 19, 2012

This has just about made a great year perfect! Readings has included my thriller, Thirst, in Best Crime Fiction of 2012! I am very proud and honoured to be in such great company, including Kerry Greenwood’s Unnatural Habits and Honey Brown’s After The Darkness. Eastern European and Scandinavian authors like Camilla Lackberg and Vilmos Kondor are on the list too. Thank you Readings for your vote!

Here is the link to their Best Crime Fiction 2012 list and accompanying book reviews. Readings offers an online ordering service and ebooks too.

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black and white characters or shades of grey?

November 12, 2012

I have been involved in an online discussion with thriller authors Russell Warnberg, Tom Bryson, Segedy Michael, Laurence Atelier and Sean Smith on whether thrillers reflect the political divide.

The debate has moved on to the whether people are simply good or evil and therefore should characters in thrillers be portrayed that way?

I personally don’t believe that people are either all good or all evil. I enjoy reading and writing stories in which the characters are not black and white, and both hero and villain have flaws and redeeming qualities. What could be more fascinating in a psychological thriller than a mass murderer who is a loving father? I enjoy conveying to my readers what motivates my villains to do the terrible things they do – how they arrived at their political world view. Let us not forget that a terrorist believes what they are doing is right, just as the victims believe their world view is right. Violence to achieve an outcome is a terrible thing and should be condemned but my point is that I think characters should reflect the complexity of human beings. In THIRST I allow the reader to glimpse a brief act of humanity by the villain and there is a moment in the story when a reader might even pity him. That doesn’t stop the reader from also feeling horror at what he is about to do.

I am keen to hear what my readers think on this topic? It’s fun and interesting to hear people’s often very different views.

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Love reading thrillers? The International Thriller Writers gives you the news, the giveaways

November 9, 2012

I have just set up a giveaway competition for THIRST on the International Thriller Writers website (ITW) and wanted to let you know.

The ITW is a wonderful organisation which is all about thriller-loving readers having access to news and giveaways from thriller writers world-wide. Follow this link to the ITW website.

To enter the book giveaway, you’ll need to be have signed up for The Big Thrill, which is emailed each month. Get news and information on the latest thrillers along with in-depth stories and interviews PLUS a chance to win first edition signed thrillers by your favorite authors! Here is the link to the book giveaway and details on how to join up.

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I take my hat off to great teaching

October 29, 2012

I was privileged to give at talk at St Kevins primary school recently and the Northern District Times has done a lovely news piece on the day. I take my hat off to the insightful teaching at Brett Salakis who encourages his young students to problem-solve and to think about what might be issues of the future. I was there talking about Antarctica and climate change as one of the threats facing this huge continent, and indeed the whole planet. The children were really enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I came away feeling that there really is hope we can solve the weighty issues facing us all. St Kevins appears ready for the challenge.

To read the story click here.

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last thriller writing course of the year starts tomorrow evening

October 24, 2012

 

 

 

 

If you have been thinking about trying your hand at thriller writing, then take the plunge and enroll in the Sydney Writers’ Centre’s last thriller writing course of the year, which kicks off tomorrow evening at 6:30pm and runs for 5 weeks. By Christmas you could be on your way to writing a best-selling thriller!

If you come along you’ll learn:

  • the eight “must haves” of a good thriller
  • how to find the story you want to tell
  • story structure, and how to incorporate key turning points
  • character creation – attributes, motivations
  • how to craft the all important opening lines
  • the dos and don’ts of action scenes
  • building pace and suspense
  • how to craft a satisfying climax
  • what literary agents/publishers look for in a thriller. 

Here’s a link to the site and I very much hope you will join me:http://sydneywriterscentre.com.au/thrillerwriting.htm

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