I’m up with the larks this morning (or more accurately, next door’s yowling cats), after a brilliant weekend at this year’s Crime and Publishment writing course.
I’ve been three times before and have always loved it, but I think this one was the best yet. All the old faces were there, plus lots of new people to meet and make friends with, and a set of truly inspirational speakers in Lin Anderson, Tom Harper, Michael J Malone, Paul Finch and agent Simon Trewin. All five were fascinating on their own subjects (including forensics, adding tension and suspense, the art of positive thinking, and how to write a horror/crime novel). Paul in particular was so passionate that he’s convinced me to try my hand at a horror novel – and I don’t even like horror! And Simon gave us some valuable insights into the way literary agents work, and how to get on their good side.
As ever the sheer friendliness and opportunity to chat to fellow, like-minded authors was equally invaluable and I’ve come away fired with enthusiasm to finish ‘Gravy Train’ so I can start submitting it.
Many thanks to Graham Smith as ever for organising such an informative and above all enjoyable weekend. If you can put up with me I’ll be back next year for sure!