The Australian Crime Writers’ Association has released a teaser for its new publication, irresistibly entitled, If I Tell You…I’ll Have To Kill You: Australia’s Leading Crime Writers Reveal Their Secrets.
This collection of musings on writing crime and crime writing is described by ACWA as ‘a book for fans and wannabe writers and people who love the genre…full of wonderful anecdotes and insights, along with some great reading lists.’
I’m thrilled to bits to be one of the contributing authors, alongside some of my favourite Australian crime writers, mentors and peers. Contributors (as visible on the cover) include Garry Disher, Katherine Howell, Barry Maitland, Malla Nunn, Kerry Greenwood, Shane Maloney, Tara Moss, Gabrielle Lord, Peter Corris and Geoffrey McGeachin, as well as Marele Day and yours truly. The collection is edited by crime writer Michael Robotham.
If I Tell You…I’ll Have To Kill You will be published by Allen and Unwin in August 2013 and is designed to raise funds to support the annual Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. As both my novels to date have been shortlisted for a ‘Neddy’ — Behind the Night Bazaar for Best First Book and The Half-Child for Best Fiction — I was happy for the opportunity to give something back.
In addition to a short essay on how I ended up writing crime, my contribution includes my 10 Rules for Writing (I’ve called them ‘Reminders to Myself’) and a list of five must-read crime books. Keeping to five was the hardest part of the exercise. And it’s debatable as to whether or not I succeeded.
But enough clues. All will be revealed on publication in August. If I tell you any more now, I’ll have to kill you…