Cal Smyth describes the true events that inspired his Balkan-set crime series, and celebrates some of the writers who pioneered the real-life crime genre.
Nicola Baldwin describes her first forays into writing about medical science, and how this became a major theme in her playwriting.
Linda Hoy reflects on the contribution made by Thoreau to present ideas about the natural world and the value of walking to mental and physical health.
As editor of The Author, James McConnachie has had to develop strategies for turning down the pitches of prospective contributors as politely – and firmly – as possible. Here he considers some of his preferred methods for saying ‘no’.
Clare Bayley reflects on the process of choosing names for characters and gives some famous examples, from Le Carré to Shakespeare, of writers who’ve answered the question: ‘What’s in a name?’ in an intriguing or provocative way.
In the course of his writing career, Robin Blake has become used to being asked all kinds of questions by members of the public. But what he describes as ‘not really a question at all, but a challenge’ is his least favourite of these.
Having lived in Italy for twenty years, Tobias Jones has come to realise that his literary style has been affected in more ways than he might have anticipated by his habitual use of Italian. Here he describes how this ‘linguistic exile’ has shaped his writing.
Listening to the radio as a child sparked Martin Sketchley’s lifelong love of the medium, and inspired his early writing of radio drama.