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Always dreamed of writing crime fiction? I think I can help.

May 19, 2020

Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown has changed our lives in a way that none of us expected. It can also be a time for reflection. And perhaps new starts?

In a recent Facebook Live interview with Valerie Khoo from the Australian Writers Centre, I talked a bit about why I started writing thrillers and mysteries. It was one of those moments when I sat back and asked myself this question:

If I don’t try now to write a book, will I always regret it?

For me, the answer was, Yes. So I took the first steps and joined a creative writing class, just to see if I had any talent at all. I expected to fail. I was with other people who, like me, were riddled with self-doubt about our creative writing abilities. The class was fun. And informative. An idea for a thriller came to me over the following weeks and I knew I just had to write it. The only problem was that at the time there were very few genre-specific writing classes available and none that specialised in thriller writing. In the end, I found my own way by reading the great thriller authors and working out what they did to make their stories so enthralling.

Soon after my first novel, The Genesis Flaw, was published, I was approached by the Australian Writers Center and asked if I’d like to run their crime fiction and thriller writing class . I immediately agreed because I wanted to encourage new crime fiction authors and help them navigate around the pitfalls of writing their first book. Nine years later, I have run numerous workshops with the Australian Writers Centre and helped wonderful writers like Sarah Bailey, author of Where The Dead Go, and Shankari Chandran, author of The Barrier, develop their thriller writing skills.

If you have always thought about writing a crime-thriller novel, now is the time!

I’m running a 5-week online course on Zoom that starts Tuesday 26 May at 6:30pm AEST , and the following four classes are at the same time each Tuesday until the course ends. No matter what time zone you are in, I hope you will be able to join me. Even if you are based in the UK or Europe! If you are in the UK, you would diarise this course for Tuesday 26 May at 9:30am.

Oh and don’t forget my new thriller, Prey, is available in paperback and e-book from all major online bookstores including:

Amazon Australia

Booktopia

Amazon UK 

Fishpond NZ

 

Stay home, stay safe!

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Natalie Conyer and I talk to Malla Nunn on why our crime novels are set in South Africa

April 27, 2020

I was proud to launch the New South Wales chapter of Sisters in Crime with this online event: Deadly, Dangerous, Dazzling – the allure of South African crime fiction. Convener Catherine du Peloux Menagé welcomed viewers and introduced the panel: me, Natalie Conyer and Malla Nunn. In it we discuss our story locations, characters and inspiration.

In my latest thriller, Prey, journalist Olivia Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a British Cabinet minister, a Vietnamese billionaire, and a poor South African teacher to a series of gruesome murders. Wolfe is in a country she doesn’t know and surrounded by enemies. Who can she trust when her life depends on it?

Natalie Conyer’s debut crime novel, Present Tense, is set in Cape Town. It’s a hard-boiled police procedural about an ordinary cop trying to find his way in a thrilling and dangerous country.

Malla Nunn is the author of four internationally published adult crime novels set in 1950s Apartheid South Africa. Her debut YA novel, When the Ground is Hard, is set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

Copies of our novels have been stocked by Gleebooks in Glebe, NSW. This wonderful bookstore was going to host this event until Covid-19 hit. They are offering pick up and free delivery to the Inner West of Sydney.

If you would like to join the NSW chapter of Sisters In Crime Australia, please contact:

Catherine du Peloux Menagé
0412 517 885
nsw@sistersincrime.org.au

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Official Book Launch of Prey by L.A. Larkin

April 22, 2020

Welcome to my first ever digital book launch of my new crime thriller, Prey. The book launch was streamed live on Facebook on the 22 April, 2020. It was a great turn out and it was lovely to see so many people from different parts of the world in attendance. Here is the recording of the 30 minute event.

Want to get your hands on a copy of Prey?

Amazon Australia

Amazon UK

Booktopia

Clan Destine Press

You can view this, and other videos made by me, on my L.A. Larkin Author Channel on YouTube.

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Join my Facebook Live launch of Prey

April 15, 2020

Hi there

I wanted to invite you to join me for the Facebook Live launch of my new thriller, Prey, on Wednesday 22nd April at 6:30 pm (AEST) and 9:30 am (UK time). It’ll be a fun and chatty event and I hope you’ll post lots of questions for me to answer.
Go to my LALarkinAuthor Facebook page and find the Facebook Live post that’s pinned to the top. You’ll see a Get Reminder option. If you click Get Reminder, you will be reminded of the event.
On the day, at 6:30 pm (AEST) a link will appear. Click it and you will see me live at my computer with a glass of wine in my hand, ready to celebrate with you.

I won’t know you are there unless you introduce yourself by writing something in the comments section. Please say hi and tell everyone what town or country you are from.
I look forward to your company!

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