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Lessons from Lyall

It isn’t often one gets to read a thriller writer’s every novel, back to back.  But last year I volunteered to talk about an old favourite, Gavin Lyall, at an ‘Authors Remembered’ panel at CrimeFest 2019; given the probability that at least one person in the audience would have either a) known Lyall, or b) re-read his books obsessively every year, I thought I’d better brush up.  Would that most research were this much fun…

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The Importance of Proof(s)

The path to getting published is a constant education.  Things I had no idea of until this year included crime writing festivals (I’m a fan and I’d never heard of such a thing); the particular skill of fiction copy editors, who put my previous lodestar for omniscience, the newspaper sub – now endangered – in the shade; and the importance of bound proofs…

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The Conference Game

I’m not a novice at the conference game.  In my parallel incarnation as someone who does political risk analysis for a living, I’ve attended God knows how many symposia in places ranging from the exotic (Tashkent, anyone?) to the very very prosaic (the two-day session at a Toronto airport hotel offered no diversions at all).  But they all tended to have certain things in common…

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