Goodbye Edinburgh, Hello East Lothian

For those who do not know my geographical background, I was born and raised in the West of Scotland before moving to Edinburgh in 2005. When I started writing, around 2011, I knew that my books would be set in Scotland’s beautiful capital city. So much has been been written about Edinburgh and some ofContinue reading “Goodbye Edinburgh, Hello East Lothian”

Who is Detective Inspector Joanne Christie?

One thing that is common amongst most crime writers is a character series. Even more common is that the most successful crime writers have a tendency to have multiple character series, going back to the time of Dame Agatha Christie with Poirot and Marple to modern day writers such as Val McDermid, James Oswald andContinue reading “Who is Detective Inspector Joanne Christie?”

Pearl Jam – Top 10

To celebrate the release of Pearl Jam’s eleventh studio album, Gigaton, I thought I would rank their previous 10 in order of my personal preference. I should point out that I believe that there are no poor PJ albums and the following is just my opinion. Please feel free to share your own list, thereContinue reading “Pearl Jam – Top 10”

Desert Island Crime Books

Most of you will be aware of the long running BBC Radio 4 series, Desert Island Discs. For those of you who don’t, guests are invited to share the 8 songs they would take with them if stranded on a desert island, along with 1 book and a luxury item. I thought I would playContinue reading “Desert Island Crime Books”

Music and Crime Fiction

I wrote in my last blog about how important music is to my writing and I wanted to expand on it in my latest blog. So let me start with a confession, I wanted to be a rock star. I taught myself how to play guitar around 30 years ago and the guitar has alwaysContinue reading “Music and Crime Fiction”

What’s The Big Idea?

How do authors come up with so many different ideas? Stories generally start with a simple idea by the author and there are many ways in which an author can get inspired to write. In this blog, I wanted to write about how I came up with the idea which would develop into my debutContinue reading “What’s The Big Idea?”