On writing

THE GOTHIC IN CRIME

Margaret Murphy talks to crime authors Elly Griffiths and Rhiannon Ward about the gothic in crime, from Poe and Wilkie Collins to Conan Doyle, and explore the popularity of gothic elements in modern crime fiction. What makes the weird and spooky in gothic...

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RESEARCH – WITH MURDER IN MIND

Join Margaret Murphy for a privileged glimpse of the emotional, funny – and hair-raising(!) – stories behind the stories of psychological suspense writers Jane Corry and Amanda Brooke. How do writers get inside the mind of a murderer? How does research inform their...

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Interview on Liverpool Live 24/7

Why is it that we see the same names over and over again, when there are many more talented authors out there who don’t get a look-in? Why are women reluctant to submit their writing to publishers? How are books...

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Murder Squad – The First 20 Years

From mid-listers to Diamond Geezers by Margaret Murphy Margaret talks to Crime Squad about Murder Squad’s 20th anniversary, her reasons for founding the squad, the stellar success of its members, and a new anthology planned for their 21st year.

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Murder on the Midlist

Margaret talks to Ayo Onatade at Shots Blog about the frustrations of being a midlist writer, why she founded Murder Squad (now celebrating its 20th anniversary!), the outstanding successes of her fellow squaddies, her return to writing under her own...

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Brain

What is The Page 69 test?

It’s a challenge to turn to p 69 of your novel, and assess  if it is representative of the rest of the book. I accepted the challenge for The Cutting Room, book 2 in the Carver & Lake series: it covered...

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Tunnel

Serial Killers in Fact & Fiction

Strand Magazine invited Ashley Dyer to write about Serial Killers in Fact & Fiction. Read our take on real and fictional serial killers, including Dennis Nilsen and The Yorkshire Ripper in fact, and Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan and The Bone...

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