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Martyn Waites speaks with Doug Johnstone about learning crime writing on the job, adopting a female pseudonym and the joys of writing daleks.

'I do think critics are absurd about crime and sci-fi. They tend to get discombobulated by it, and over-praise genre titles that somehow break through, without realising that lots of work still stuck in genre ghettos is much better written.'
'No advice has ever influenced my writing a fraction as much as an anecdote I almost certainly have got wrong, and that I heard some time I don't remember; I wish I could describe it more clearly, but it goes something like this...'
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