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On location: Bangkok 5

I’ve been reading Into the Badlands by British writer John Williams, an account of his two month road trip exploring ‘the underbelly of the American dream’, based on interviews with his favourite American crime writers. At one point, he drives through Chicago’s Hegewisch neighbourhood … Continue reading

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On location again

Tonight I head to Thailand to conduct field research for my PhD novel. Specifically, I’m doing location research, visiting the places where my novel is set in order to strengthen the sense of place in my writing. Aren’t you impressed … Continue reading

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How to make a living through teaching your craft

This year, in my endless quest to try to make a living as a writer, I’ve branched out into teaching writing skills. Teaching as such isn’t new for me: I tutored at Melbourne university in the early 1990s, worked for … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie on writing

To celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the Queen of Crime’s birthday, I give you Agatha Christie’s advice on writing, as gleaned from her wonderful autobiography. Aspiring authors will take heart to learn that Agatha Christie, who published over 100 novels, … Continue reading

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I said do you speak my language*

Crime fiction blogger par excellence Margot Kinberg recently posted on a subject dear to my heart: how writers capture nuances of language and dialect in dialogue without either sounding condescending or alienating the reader. Years ago I read a novel … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mesopotamia

Attention Melbourne writers: if you haven’t yet done so, I urge you to visit the Mesopotamia exhibition at the Melbourne Museum and pay homage to the ancient culture that invented writing. I spent a wondrous morning wandering around the exhibition … Continue reading

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MWF – not all about me

Of course, the Melbourne Writers Festival wasn’t all about me. Thanks to the childcare provided by my cousins Mary and Georgia, I was able to attend a couple of sessions in addition to the ones I appeared at (blogged here, here and here). … Continue reading

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Crime & Justice Festival 2010 wrap-up 2

I had the pleasure of interviewing Garry Disher, aka ‘The Master’, in my second session at the Crime and Justice Festival 2010. Truth be told, I asked for this gig. I’ve never read a Garry Disher novel I didn’t like … Continue reading

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