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YOUR CRIME FICTION OBSESSION

Why does crime fiction have such a hold on many of us? In the western world, crime fiction makes up somewhere between 25 and 40 percent of all fiction book sales. Crime is undoubtedly fascinating. It’s also highly addictive, which is why many authors have a great deal of success writing fictional accounts of it, particularly in a series that focuses on one investigator. One

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WHAT DOES AN AUTHOR FEEL WHEN WRITING A BOOK?

When I get an idea for a book, it’s feels like a movie trailer playing in my head––just the highlights or what I think are the highlights at that point––in fabulous cinematic glory, with very little plot and a convenient glossing over of the details, but it’s there. And that’s invariably where I start. I’m obsessed and excited about it because having the idea is

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HOW NEW YORK CITY BECAME A FICTION WRITER’S DREAM SETTING.

New York City is unique in so many respects that the mere mention of its name immediately conjures up for most people iconic images of the place and an opinion of its people. It’s the city than never sleeps, where skyscrapers reach dizzying heights and sidewalks fill to capacity every day with a crush of people driven by a seemingly relentless energy. For a writer

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RELIC – LOST IN THE CORRIDORS OF HER MIND AND HER HOME

I was drawn to the tagline of this movie: ‘everything decays.’ That undisputable fact of our lives has always fascinated me and seemed very apt for horror movie. Relic was released in July 2020 and I’ve only just got around to seeing it after getting through all the books I wanted to read last year. The movie is the directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Natalie

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SEDLEC OSSUARY – THE BONE CHURCH

During my last visit to the Czech Republic, I couldn’t pass up visiting this macabre looking place. Just the fascination of why something like this would exist in the first place, was enough to make me want to go see it. An ossuary is defined as a container or building used to store the final remains of bodies when burial space is not available. The

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EXPANSION AND THE SISYPHUS STONES – SPIRITUAL CREATIONS ON THE HUDSON

New York is such a vibrant cultural city, that it’s hard to single out anything that truly stands out. But two mysterious, almost supernatural-looking objects immediately called out to me. I recently came across and immediately wanted to find out more about the Expansion sculpture by Paige Bradley and the collection of strange rock formations that once graced the bank of the Hudson: EXPANSION When

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JACK REACHER VS. CORMORRAN STRIKE

Two series I have enjoyed, for their action and their plot twists, are Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and Robert Galbraith’s (an alias of J. K. Rowling) Cormorran Strike’s series. Any good story requires the reader to become engaged with the principal character, and in both cases Reacher and Strike deliver. They are both being over six feet tall, brooding ex-military police mavericks. But that

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TRUE DETECTIVE – A SOUTHERN GOTHIC THRILLER

I haven’t been watching much TV lately while I’ve been writing. Now my book is with the copyeditor I have time to catch-up. And True Detective is turning out to be one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. This is the type of series that has all the ingredients for exceptional entertainment in my book. Primarily, it’s a detective story

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SERVANT – HEAVILY ATMOSPHERIC

Late to the party on this one I know, but if you’re stuck for a TV series to watch which is creepy, suspenseful and highly imaginative, you won’t find much better at the moment than Servant on AppleTV+. And with Season 2 scheduled for February, it’s a good time to catch up. M. Night Shyamalan is a brilliant master of psychological suspense and has teamed

Read More »

YOUR CRIME FICTION OBSESSION

Why does crime fiction have such a hold on many of us? In the western world, crime fiction makes up somewhere between 25 and 40 percent of all fiction book sales. Crime is undoubtedly fascinating. It’s also highly addictive, which is why many authors have a great deal of success writing fictional accounts of it, particularly in a series that focuses on one investigator. One

Read More »

WHAT DOES AN AUTHOR FEEL WHEN WRITING A BOOK?

When I get an idea for a book, it’s feels like a movie trailer playing in my head––just the highlights or what I think are the highlights at that point––in fabulous cinematic glory, with very little plot and a convenient glossing over of the details, but it’s there. And that’s invariably where I start. I’m obsessed and excited about it because having the idea is

Read More »

HOW NEW YORK CITY BECAME A FICTION WRITER’S DREAM SETTING.

New York City is unique in so many respects that the mere mention of its name immediately conjures up for most people iconic images of the place and an opinion of its people. It’s the city than never sleeps, where skyscrapers reach dizzying heights and sidewalks fill to capacity every day with a crush of people driven by a seemingly relentless energy. For a writer

Read More »

RELIC – LOST IN THE CORRIDORS OF HER MIND AND HER HOME

I was drawn to the tagline of this movie: ‘everything decays.’ That undisputable fact of our lives has always fascinated me and seemed very apt for horror movie. Relic was released in July 2020 and I’ve only just got around to seeing it after getting through all the books I wanted to read last year. The movie is the directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Natalie

Read More »

SEDLEC OSSUARY – THE BONE CHURCH

During my last visit to the Czech Republic, I couldn’t pass up visiting this macabre looking place. Just the fascination of why something like this would exist in the first place, was enough to make me want to go see it. An ossuary is defined as a container or building used to store the final remains of bodies when burial space is not available. The

Read More »

EXPANSION AND THE SISYPHUS STONES – SPIRITUAL CREATIONS ON THE HUDSON

New York is such a vibrant cultural city, that it’s hard to single out anything that truly stands out. But two mysterious, almost supernatural-looking objects immediately called out to me. I recently came across and immediately wanted to find out more about the Expansion sculpture by Paige Bradley and the collection of strange rock formations that once graced the bank of the Hudson: EXPANSION When

Read More »

JACK REACHER VS. CORMORRAN STRIKE

Two series I have enjoyed, for their action and their plot twists, are Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and Robert Galbraith’s (an alias of J. K. Rowling) Cormorran Strike’s series. Any good story requires the reader to become engaged with the principal character, and in both cases Reacher and Strike deliver. They are both being over six feet tall, brooding ex-military police mavericks. But that

Read More »

TRUE DETECTIVE – A SOUTHERN GOTHIC THRILLER

I haven’t been watching much TV lately while I’ve been writing. Now my book is with the copyeditor I have time to catch-up. And True Detective is turning out to be one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. This is the type of series that has all the ingredients for exceptional entertainment in my book. Primarily, it’s a detective story

Read More »

SERVANT – HEAVILY ATMOSPHERIC

Late to the party on this one I know, but if you’re stuck for a TV series to watch which is creepy, suspenseful and highly imaginative, you won’t find much better at the moment than Servant on AppleTV+. And with Season 2 scheduled for February, it’s a good time to catch up. M. Night Shyamalan is a brilliant master of psychological suspense and has teamed

Read More »
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