What’s in a name?

Now onto writing the fourth book in my DI Donna Davenport series, there are a lot of characters involved – and that means a lot of names to come up with. Every writer has their own way of finding names for their characters. Here’s something of how I do it…

The core characters in my series are Donna Davenport (of course), Libby Quinn, and Natesh Chaudrakar.… Read the rest

What if…..?

This month I’m going to be talking about TOXIC, the first book in my DI Donna Davenport series.

TOXIC is set in the present day, and is a where-is-it rather than a whodunit. It tells the story of the desperate search for deadly toxin, MIC, which has been smuggled into the country.… Read the rest

Let me tell you a story….

For today’s blog post, here’s something a little different. It’s a short story I wrote, and although it’s not crime, it does contain a mystery. It also might not be all fiction … I’ll let you decide where the truth begins and ends. I hope you like it!

Before LOL

I wasn’t to know just then that I was about to embark on the greatest and most enduring of love affairs. … Read the rest

Crime Scene June newsletter

Welcome to my second newsletter, bringing together more criminal goodies for the month of June. In this issue, we take a look at Glasgow crime writer C.S. Duffy, who has two crime fiction series for you to get stuck into. And we have a peek at some of the great events lined up in the Borders Book Festival, which is running a seriously impressive programme that includes plenty for crime fans.… Read the rest

Crime Scene May newsletter

Well, here’s my first newsletter, bringing together some criminal goodies for the month of May. Each issue will contain brief details of new books, events, and author appearances, and in addition will provide a focus on one or two items.

In this issue, we take a look at Tana Collins‘ latest book, Dark is the Day – and, having had a sneaky peek at it pre-pubication, I can tell you you’re in for a real treat as Tana takes DI Jim Carruthers on another exciting investigation.… Read the rest