Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Eamonn Griffin talks about interviews and his writing.   Introduction Hello. I’m Eamonn Griffin and I’m a writer. I live near Wrexham, though I’m originally from Lincolnshire. I’ve written and published five books to date. The most recent of these is East of England, a noir thriller set in Lincolnshire in the mid-1980s. As of 2020, I’m working on other books with the same protagonist; I’d like to develop East of England’s Dan Matlock – a debt collector with a troubling sense of justice that gets him into trouble every now and again - into an ongoing series lead character.     Could you tell us about your writing routine?   Well, I have a day job, so the writing and the ancillary work associated with that has to fit around the needs and priorities of that. This means in effect that I focus...
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Q&A with S. J. Morgan – Inspiration

Q&A with S. J. Morgan – Inspiration

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, S. J. Morgan talks about her writing and the inspiration that Australia and Wales has had on her writing. Brief introduction Hello everyone! My name is Sue Morgan and I write under the name S. J. Morgan. Although I grew up in the UK, I have lived overseas for much of my life and I currently reside in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. In my former life, I was an occupational therapist but writing has always been my true passion. I write across several genres: young adult, children’s fiction, women’s fiction, and, more recently, thrillers. I’ve had two books published: a contemporary young adult novel called Heaven Sent, and a psychological thriller set in Wales and Australia called Hide. What’s your connection to Wales? My parents are both from the South Wales valleys (Blaina and Abertillery) so...
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Q&A with B.E. Jones – inspiration

Q&A with B.E. Jones – inspiration

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, B.E. Jones talks about the inspiration behind her latest novel, Wilderness. Can you tell us about your work in progress? My latest novel, Wilderness, is due out in paperback, from Little Brown, in April (but available in e-book now). It tells the story of a dream holiday that turns deadly in the wilds of North America’s national parks. It should be the road trip of a lifetime for Liv and Will, but, shattered by the discovery of his affair, it becomes a last chance to save their marriage. Or does it? What Liv hasn't told her husband, is that she’s set him three challenges along the way, giving him three opportunities to prove he's really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness. And if he fails? Well, it's dangerous out there. There are so many ways to die...
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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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