HOW ROGER STARTED WRITING BY ROGER SILVERWOOD

Roger Silverwood is a mystery crime writer. His big success is the series of 28 books featuring Inspector Angel, beginning with In the Midst of Life. His latest title in this riveting mystery series is The Snakes and Ladders Murders. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

He was playing kickabout football with two of his lively nephews, Simon and Dylan, in Locke Park. The goalposts were represented by two coats thrown down on the tarmacadam. He was in ‘goal’ with a wall behind him, and they were scoring goals against him by the dozen. And then he made a brilliant save, gave the ball a mighty hoof and finished up in agony on the ground. He had done something to his back. He hadn’t been married long to his lovely wife, Celia, who was contacted, and she came along in the car and took him to the doctor. The doctor sent him home to bed with a prescription for painkillers.

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WHY I WRITE VICTORIAN CRIME BY MICHELLE BIRKBY

Michelle Birkby was Shortlisted for CWA Historical Fiction Dagger for her Victorian crime novel The House at Baker Street. The sequel, The Women of Baker Street is due out 9th Feb 2017 She will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

When I sat down to write this blog, I started with ‘Why write?’

Well, that’s too big a question. So, ‘Why write crime?’

Still a bit too big.

So, ‘Why write Victorian Crime?’

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LOOKING BACK – A YEAR IN REFLECTION BY J. M. HEWITT

M. Hewitt is a crime writer living in Suffolk whose latest Chernobyl bestseller, Exclusion Zone, is out NOW. The author won the BritCrime Pitch Competition 2015 and was selected as a finalist in the Twisted 50 Short Story Horror Collection 2016. J. M. Hewitt will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

On a grey, wet Monday almost exactly a year ago, I received an email which was to have a huge impact on my writing career. It was from Endeavour Press, offering me a publication contract of my debut crime fiction novel, Exclusion Zone.

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IT AIN’T WHAT YOU DO BY J.A. MARLEY

John A. Marley was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Following early success as a film journalist and radio broadcaster in his homeland, he embarked on an accomplished career in television production in England. He is now launching his debut crime thriller Standstill. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

“Arrrrgh!”

Yes, you heard that right…  “Arrrrgh!”  The cry of the confused writer…

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ADVICE FOR BUDDING WRITERS BY A. J. WRIGHT

A. J. Wright won the 2010 Dundee International Fiction Prize for his Victorian murder mystery Act of Murder. His writing is inspired by his two major interests: all things Victorian, and classic works from the Golden Age of crime fiction. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

My latest novel, Striking Murder, is set in Wigan in 1893 during a miners’ strike that devastated whole communities. The coal owners had demanded the miners take a 25% pay cut, the miners rejected the proposal and the strike began. All that is historical fact! In my murder whodunit mystery, Arthur Morris, a colliery owner and an intransigent supporter of the wage cut, is found murdered in Scholes, a notoriously rough working-class district of the town where he is about as popular as cholera. As the field of suspects narrows, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan, aided by his pugilistic assistant Constable Jaggery, unearths secrets that have lain hidden for too long.

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CHANDLER’S APPRENTICE BY ROGER HURN

Roger Hurn has had over 70 books published, from children’s books such as the Mystery Mob series to crime thrillers like the Ryan Kyd series. In his spare time, Roger plays seven-a-side football and, to the horror of music lovers everywhere, guitar in a rock band. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

When I was a young lad my dad, who was a voracious reader, caught me with my nose buried in an Agatha Christie novel. ‘Why on Earth are you reading that book, boy?’ he demanded. I couldn’t see what the problem was. After all, it wasn’t as if it was Lady Chatterly’s Lover or anything. I shrugged. ‘I dunno, Dad. Don’t you want me reading books about murder?’

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ON WRITING ‘THE BIRDWATCHER’ BY WILLIAM SHAW

William Shaw is the author of the highly acclaimed Breen and Tozer series, which includes A Song From Dead Lips, A House of Knives and A Book of Scars, set in London in 1968-69. The Sun is calling one of his latest novels, The Birdwatcher, a contender for crime book of 2016. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

I needed a change. I had written three books set in London in the 1960s, of which the third, A Book of Scars, is nominated for the Endeavour Historical Dagger. Now I wanted to do something contemporary.

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MURDER ON THE INTERNET BY RICHARD PARKER

Richard Parker is the author of the cyber thrillers STOP MESTALK ME and SCARE ME, having previously contributed  to a wide variety of TV shows both as a head writer, script editor and producer. He will be taking part in the Endeavour Press Crime Fiction Festival.

Like every technology mankind has rolled out, it is measured by how individuals utilise it.  The Internet is the ultimate example of this.  Although it offers us an unprecedented global connectivity, we’re still coming to terms with it. Anyone who is ‘plugged in’ shares the constant fear that his or her private details and account numbers can be accessed and used for nefarious purposes.

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