50 at 50 Part 1: Write a regular (ish) blog

February 17, 2020

Ali Harper Writes

IMG_0172 My first journal

For my thirteenth birthday, I got my first diary. Not a diary with dates – a blank, A5 hard-backed notebook. I’ve still got it. It marked the start of years of writing a journal – not every day, but copiously – I’d write about my life, thoughts,  feelings.

In my twenties, I burned all my teenage diaries, save for that first one, in a ceremonial bonfire, a group of friends cheering me on. Letting go of the past, a past I’d tried to understand, but didn’t.

At the end of my teens,  I moved in with a boyfriend and I didn’t keep a diary for the next four years. I can still remember the first evening, after we’d split up and he’d moved out, writing in a brand-new, A4, hard-backed notebook. The joy, the promise of that blank page, after all the sadness of the end of…

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Can I Tell You My Secret?

February 14, 2020

A great and entertaining read from Ali Harper.

Ali Harper Writes

I had some spare review copies of The Runaway so I asked on social media if there were any bloggers who might read and review. Twitter did its magic and several enthusiastic book-lovers contacted me.

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The next day I got this email:


I saw your tweet about snding off copies for review just after I tweeted bemoaning the fact that reviewers/bloggers never reply.

If you dont mind could you tell me your secret?

Thanks Mr X

It was great to get so many offers because reviews are the best way to spread the word when a book comes out and I am grateful to everyone who contacted me.  Book lovers are a class apart. Fact.

But I’ve heard that question, ‘Could you tell me your secret?‘ before and it seems to imply  some kind of advantage, like a sister who’s the CEO of Waterstones, or a mum…

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The Intel: Adam Bromley

September 3, 2014

A terrific interview with Adam Bromley.

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Adam BromleyAdam Bromley is an author and comedy writer, who has won two radio Sony awards for his work — which includes Think the UnthinkableThe Party Line, Hut 33The Problem with Adam Bloom and The Now Show. He also created CBBC hit sketch show called Stupid! 

Adam’s new novel Unknown Unknowns, published by Piqwiq, is a comedy thriller featuring a host of larger-than-life characters. It’s about Kat Foster of the Foreign Office. Given one last chance to save her career, Kat is tasked with travelling to Ozerkistan to debrief a prisoner know as The Chemist.

He has contacted a US embassy claiming to have valuable information about a former Russian weapons programme, codenamed Pandora , which he will trade in return for his freedom. The only snag is that Kat’s destination, Ozerk City, does not appear on any printed maps and Ozerkistan does not appear to exist…

Adam tells us…

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Guest Blogger: Jodie Renner: Writing a Killer Thriller, Part III

May 8, 2014

Almost all you need to know to write the killer thriller. Great writing tips here from Jodie Renner.

The Crime Fiction Writer's Blog

Jodie is back with the final post of her three-part series on writing killer thrillers.

Writing a Killer Thriller, Part III
by Jodie Renner

More techniques for writing a compelling suspense-thriller…or any other page-turner.
In Part I of this series, I passed along some tips for creating a compelling opening, complex characters, and a tight point of view. In Part II, I discussed creating a riveting plot with lots of conflict and suspense and a tight, to-the-point writing style. This final post in this series covers tension, dialogue, pacing, passion, and crafting a satisfying ending.

Put tension on every page.

This applies to all fiction, but even more so for thrillers. As Jack Bickham says, “Virtually all the high points of most stories involve conflict. It’s the fuel that makes fiction go. Nothing is more exciting and involving.”

Bickham continues, “In fiction, the best times for the writer—and reader—are when…

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