Q&A With Judith Barrow – Characters and Writing

Q&A With Judith Barrow – Characters and Writing

To wish you all a very happy 2020, we’re starting a new Q&A feature, where Crime Cymru authors will be answering our questions to tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Judith Barrow talks about her characters and her writing process. Give us a brief introduction to you? There is a cushion on a chair in my study that bears the quote,” I Live in Two Worlds. One is the World of Books.” I think that sums me up quite well; when I’m working on a book I live with my characters and in their world constantly. It’s all absorbing and, although I suppose that sounds obsessive, I suspect that, to some extent, most authors who write fiction are the same. I have an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David's College, Carmarthen. A BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, and a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University. I’m a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire...
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Q&A with Cathy Ace – Books and Writing Process

Q&A with Cathy Ace – Books and Writing Process

To wish you all a very happy 2020, we’re starting a new Q&A feature, where Crime Cymru authors will be answering our questions to tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Cathy Ace talks about her books and her writing process.   Cathy Ace here. I write several different types of books: The WISE Enquires Agency Mysteries feature four soft-boiled female PIs who run their business out of a converted barn on the estate of a Welsh stately home in the Wye Valley; the DI Evan Glover book THE WRONG BOY came out in January 2019, and is a tale of psychological suspense set on the south Wales coast; the Cait Morgan Mysteries feature a Welsh Canadian professor of criminal psychology, Cait Morgan, who encounters puzzling murders wherever she goes. I have decided to focus my replies to questions on these books, as my work in progress is a new Cait Morgan Mystery, to be published in 2020. Can you tell us...
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Q&A with Alis Hawkins – Influences

Q&A with Alis Hawkins – Influences

To wish you all a very happy 2020, we're starting a new Q&A feature, where Crime Cymru authors will be answering our questions to tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Alis Hawkins talks about the influences that shape her writing.     Hello to all Crime Cymru followers! I hope you had an excellent Christmas and that 2020 is looking good so far. I’m really delighted to be kicking off this new series of Q&A sessions with Crime Cymru’s writers. I hope you enjoy it! Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? All of them! The reason I started writing the Teifi Valley Coroner series was because I wanted to write about the Rebecca Riots and, having set the first book up with such a solid historical background, I’ve carried on in the same vein. The background to In Two Minds is Welsh emigration to America but there’s quite a big dollop of the nascent science of forensic...
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An Audio Christmas Story: Christmas Buffet Roulette by Gail Williams

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Christmas Buffet Roulette By Gail Williams Gail Williams audio story- The Christmas Buffet tells the story of the Owen family and how it changes forever as they all gather for Lord Owen's final Christmas, but will his imminent death change the family dynmatic forever? Christmas Buffet Roulette Spotify To read more about GB Williams, visit her page here GB Williams Crime Cymru Page To read some more of GB Williams’s work, click here GB Williams Amazon...
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A Christmas Story: The Christmas Spirit by Thorne Moore

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Christmas Spirit is an exhilarating tale by Thorne Moore of an account and a tea pot at Christmas. The Christmas Spirit by Thorne Moore It was a porcelain teapot, with flowers and a couple of bucolic figures. Being practical, I look at a teapot and think, will it pour without dribbling? But such thoughts did not bother Mrs Barraclough. For her, the flowery teapot was pure perfection, dribbles or no. ‘That’s it!’ She clapped her...
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A Christmas Story: The Reckoning by Graham Watkins

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Reckoning is a hard-luck story by Graham Watkins that shows the hardship that all seems to accumulate at the Christmas season. The Reckoning by Graham Watkins 'Due to me this day £4. 7s and...' Ink falls from the nib onto the page. It runs, like a tiny black stream, across the words. I return the pen to the inkwell and blot the mess. The kitchen door opens. Water drips across the tiles. A bucket scrapes...
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A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Night Visit is a chilling tale by Alison Layland of a couple arriving at the eerie town of Llanwenydd. The Night Visit by Alison LayLand The snow whirled down, the flakes white against the dark sky, grey as they entered the beam of the headlights. No two ways about it, they were lost. ‘I’m getting worried about this; we’ll have to find somewhere to stay the night if we can,’ she said. So much for getting...
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A Christmas Story : Clan by Sally Spedding

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Clan is a fast-paced and thrilling story by Sally Spedding following a young bar maid's treacherous journey home after a long night shift. Clan by Sally Spedding Monday 15th December 2008. The drizzle hadn’t let up all day. Sly and silent in the growing dusk, it now permeated Fiona Carter’s clothing, chilling her skin as she walked from Kilforgan’s only pub to her small red hatchback in the overflow car park across the road. “See ye...
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A Christmas Story in Welsh: Cadair Idris by Gareth W Williams

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Stori fer drawiadol gan Gareth W. Williams sy'n ein hatgoffa am bwer storÏau yn ein bywydau. Cadair Idris by Gareth W Williams Tafarn wledig rhyw bum milltir o’r dre oedd ac ydy’r Crown. Ces i job yno’n gweithio tu ôl i’r bar yn ystod gwyliau’r haf tra’n fyfyriwr. Doedd hi ddim yn rhy bell i yrru yno. Pobol leol gan mwyaf yn ystod y gaeaf ond doi cryn dipyn o ymwelwyr yno yn ystod yr haf...
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A Christmas Story: Matlock and the Night Before by Eamonn Griffin

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Matlock and the Night Before is an eerie tale by Eamonn Griffin of Dan Matlock’s walk through the snowy streets to conduct business on the night of Christmas eve. Matlock and the Night Before by Eamonn Griffin A partial thaw had refrozen. Dan Matlock walked on the road. Safer in the salted slush by the kerb than up on the pavement. That’s how you broke your hip, skidding where footfall had polished the snow to...
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