THE TRIALS OF WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION BY DAVID YOUNG

David Young was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

In writing my debut novel, Stasi Child, and the follow-up, Stasi Wolf (due out in February 2017) one thing I’ve had to wrestle with is how historically accurate I need to be.

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SAM AND THE SALT MARSH – WRITING A TRILOGY BY CLARE CARSON

Clare Carson is an anthropologist and works in international development, specialising in human rights. As a child, she spent many holidays in Orkney with her father, an undercover policeman which inspired her first novel Orkney Twilight. She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

The Salt Marsh is the second in a trilogy of spy stories told from the point of view of Sam, a young woman whose father was a police spy. When I wrote my first novel, Orkney Twilight, I assumed it was a one-off. Writing a trilogy has allowed me to develop the character and voice of Sam in ways which explore the impact of spying on the families of the spooks.

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WRITING FEVER CITY BY TIM BAKER

Tim Baker used to run consular operations in France and North Africa for the Australian embassy, liaising with international authorities on cases involving murder, kidnap, terrorism and disappearances. He now uses those experiences to inform his noir crime thrillers, such as FEVER CITY, which is shortlisted for this year’s CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

A couple of years ago, I was working on a mystery set in Manhattan in the 1950s that involved the murder of a disgraced NYPD detective turned private eye. A secondary plot concerned the kidnapping of the only child of one of America’s richest and most hated men, and the subsequent cover up of the crime.

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SKYPE CHAT BY MATTHEW COSTELLO AND NEIL RICHARDS

Matthew Costello and Neil Richards both set out as script writers, their credits including  The Disney Channel, PBS, the BBC, and many others. Their writing partnership goes back to the late 90’s and the two have written many hours of TV together. Their Cherringham series is their first crime fiction as co-writers.  They will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

[04/10/2016, 16:46:06] Neil Richards:

So, Matt – the guys at Endeavour Press want 500 words on Cherringham – and how we collaborate. What with you in New York and me in the New Forest… Seems like a good idea maybe to write it by Skype – since a lot of the time Skype is the way we work together. I think at last count we’ve written 25 Cherringham novellas this way – plus a full-length mystery (Dead in the Water, pub Oct 10) – and we’re now in the middle of writing mystery number 2 in the series – The Body in the Woods. Of course, real-life meetings are always going to be a big part of our collaboration – want to talk about that?

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MURDER AND MYSTERY IN THE GOLDEN AGE BY FIONA VEITCH SMITH

Fiona Veitch Smith was formerly a journalist but is now an author of books for adults and children. She has also written theatre plays and screenplays. Her Poppy Denby Investigates books, which includes The Jazz Files and its sequel The Kill Fee,were shortlisted for the CWA Dagger. She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

My novels in the Poppy Denby Investigates series have been hailed by some critics as murder mysteries in the ‘true spirit’ of the Golden Age. But what does this mean? Crime fiction of the Golden Age was primarily plot driven. They were intellectual puzzles. Christie, Chesterton (with irony) and of course, prior to that, Conan Doyle, are all are precursors of the modern ‘police procedural’ novel – albeit with amateur detectives.

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THE DETECTIVE’S DAUGHTER BY LESLEY THOMSON

Lesley Thomson’s first crime novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury’s ebook for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective’s Daughter series went to number one in Sainsbury’s e-chart and is another bestseller. She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

I wanted to write about a woman who inherits her father’s house. Terry Darnell, a detective in the Metropolitan police, spent little time at home. His daughter wasn’t close to him. Clearing out his attic, Stella finds files for a murder case her dad failed to solve. She begins reading, becomes hooked, and reluctantly investigates the unsolved mystery.

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER BY MARTIN EDWARDS

Martin Edwards is an Edgar award-winning crime writer whose seventh and most recent Lake District Mystery is The Dungeon House. Martin is also a well-known crime fiction critic, and series consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

The Golden Age of Murder, published by Harper Collins, has been an amazingly lucky book for me. I’ve published eighteen crime novels, but this non-fiction study of the crime genre has been my most successful effort to date. I’ve used novelistic techniques, and undertaken quite a bit of detective work in writing it.

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AN AUTHOR’S JOURNEY BY VENA CORK

Vena was one of the first female members of the Cambridge Footlights. She was an actress, playwright and teacher before becoming a full-time writer and producing the Thorn trilogy. She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

In previous lives as actor and teacher I wrote plays. But then I decided it was time to write a novel because then there’d be no one to come between my story and the world: no producers, directors or actors to interpret, change or delay the process of bringing it to the public. I’d always liked a ripping yarn, and since I loved reading crime novels maybe that was the way to go. But about what?

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READ AT YOUR OWN RISK BY STEFAN AHNHEM

Stefan Ahnhem is an established screenwriter. He has worked in both TV and film, with everything from comedy to thriller and with original ideas as well as adaptations. He also serves on the board of the Swedish Writers Guild. Victim Without a Face is his first novel. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

Why don’t I want to tell my readers how many books there will be in the Fabian Risk series?

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REVEALING THE KILLER WOMEN BY D. E. MEREDITH

D.E. Meredith has had a varied career, from running the press office for the Red Cross to working as a consultant on media relations for Greenpeace. More recently, she has turned her hand to writing The Hatton and Roumande Mysteries series which includes Devoured and The Devil’s Ribbon. She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

With an anthology of short stories just out and a major crime festival happening in less than two weeks’ time (Saturday October 15th in Shoreditch Town Hall), Killer Women are going from strength to strength.

But just who are The Killer Women?

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