All items: crime

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his long term background efforts in fiction, his experiences with self-publishing and how to do it properly, finding success in genre fiction and his openness to whatever comes next.

Claire Harman speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the painstaking, and sometimes obsessive art of literary biography, and how careful detective work can bring new insights into even the most written-about lives.

Penny Hancock speaks with John Greening about discovering dark inner places as a crime writer, inhabiting different characters, real-life story inspirations and her writing approaches and motivations.

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.
It is sometimes hard to distinguish between memorable books and inspiring books. I remember books for various reasons, often to do with characterisation and dialogue.
In the course of my own research I have been shut in the cells at the local police station, interviewed a rape counsellor and got lots of secrets out of a high class madam and prostitute.

Leigh Russell speaks with Robin Blake about becoming a crime writer in her fifties, writing series books that can also stand alone, what readers want from her genre and her surprising crime-writing hero.

Wharton's own life, so comfortable that she secretly bailed out Henry James in his old age. He never knew. I've always admired her for that.