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Why does an Englishman write American crime?

Nov 23, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Writing

This is a question I have been asked so many times.  Enough times for me to take a long look at it, if for no other reason than to have an answer next time I am asked. Paul Auster said that becoming a writer was not a “career decision” like becoming a doctor or a […]

The Murders in Memory Lane: Remembering Henry Kane

Nov 22, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Television, Writing

Henry Kane’s pretty much forgotten these days, with all his work out of print.  You can Google him, as I did, and you’ll unearth a great deal of information that way, some of it true.  And you can find copies of his books on eBay and Amazon and other used-book sources.  He wrote over sixty […]

Serial Author

Nov 19, 2010 in Guest Posts, Writing

I’m in the middle of a tour of the East Coast of the States as I write this, and I’ve been reminded once again of how deliciously, dementedly easy it would be to combine my day job with that of a serial killer! When on a book tour, I’m ghosted around the country by my […]

Darkness in the East

Nov 12, 2010 in Guest Posts, Writing

Noir is a French word meaning dark. It’s used to identify a certain type of grim fiction or film. Don’t let the French name fool you. There’s plenty of noir right here in East Texas, though it’s mixed with Southern Gothic and Western and all manner of stuff; it’s a gumbo boiled in hell. I […]

A Conversation with Writer/Director Mike Hodges

Nov 01, 2010 in Film, Guest Posts, Writing

Mike Hodges is the director of the canonical crime film classics Get Carter, A Prayer for the Dying, Croupier and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Having just published his debut novel, Watching the Wheels Come Off, he reflects on his relationship to storytelling on the screen and off. Mike Hodges, you’ve had a prestigious career […]

Midnight Oil

Oct 31, 2010 in Short Stories, Writing

As a special Halloween treat, we have a short story from Xeric-Award winning graphic novelist Neil Kleid. The perfect fit for the occasion. Enjoy! Patrick Checker lost his mind sometime between final count and lights out. Frank Day, horror novelist and convicted Communist sympathizer, wouldn’t have minded except that he was sitting across from Checker […]

Music to Die For

Oct 18, 2010 in Guest Posts, Music, Writing

Remember that Monty Python sketch? Michael Palin exclaiming that although he was an accountant he really always wanted to be a lumberjack? Well, when I was young I wanted to be an accountant. Or, rather, an accountant is what I thought I would be. But in my dreams I was front man in a great […]

Sinking the Titanic

Oct 11, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Mulholland News, Writing

Best interview question I’ve ever been asked: What’s the worst thing your parents think you’ve done? Not actually done, but that they think you’ve done. My answer: Heroin. I love doing research. It’s like cheating, but with permission. Here are some of the things I have done in the name of Research: learned to ride […]

Do You Have to Be a Murderer to Write Killer Fiction?

Sep 29, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Writing

Everyone reading this column has one thing in common: we all love crime novels. The question I’d like to pose is, are the best crime novels written by those experienced in crime, and the violence that inevitably accompanies it? Crime fiction is about murder. Do crime writers who have experienced violence write different kinds of […]

Tips for Budding Crime Writers: Dialogue

Sep 08, 2010 in Guest Posts, Writing

Not on the nose, please. Conflict is essential in effective crime writing. I like to create conflict in my dialogue by keeping it oblique. For instance, it’s amazing how much tension can be generated simply by banning yes and no (and their synonyms). Try it at home or work, and you’ll soon see what I […]