Noir on the Radio

mikrofonSaturday was quite a ground-breaking day for me, as I recorded my first ever full-length podcast interview for Noir on the Radio. I was pretty nervous about the process and it could have been daunting, but luckily my host, fellow noir author Nick Kolakowski, held my hand (figuratively speaking since he was about 4,000 miles away at the time) and provided tremendous support.

He gave up a chunk of his Saturday morning, phoned me all the way from New York, and asked a heap of challenging but really thought-provoking questions which got us chatting about not just my book ‘Gravy Train’ (the main reason for the podcast) but also whether we write by the seat of our pants, what influences our work, and why the movie Hot Fuzz is so much fun.

You can now hear the results over on Authors on the Air, on Soundcloud. I may be biased but I do think it’s quite interesting… so feel free to head over there and have a listen. And while you’re there, check out the complete list of Nick’s previous victims, oops I mean participants. They’re all fantastic crime or noir writers with a great grasp of their craft, and they all seem to have much more meaningful things to say than I ever could!

Crime Fiction News Break

mikrofonTo my shame, I’ve only just discovered that Margot Kinberg puts out regular monthly crime fiction news podcasts on her own YouTube channel. For those of you who don’t know her, Margot is something of a specialist in crime fiction with an impressive, even encyclopaedic knowledge of the genre – and she also writes murder mystery books in her spare time.

The latest installment of Crime Fiction News Break includes details of recent winners of the well known Golden Dagger awards, information about Scandi Noir, and a nice ‘plug’ for my own forthcoming book, ‘Gravy Train’. I’m honoured to have been mentioned in such great company.

To hear Margot’s November podcast for yourselves, head to YouTube. And don’t forget to check out her previous broadcasts which are full of interesting nuggets about the world of crime fiction.



Shure_mikrofon_55SThanks to an invitation from Eric Beetner and the nice folk at Writer Types, I have suddenly become Tech Girl.

Well, not exactly, but after much battling with software and microphones, I did manage to record two minutes of myself talking about the locations in my upcoming novel ‘Gravy Train’, which has now been included in Writer Types’ latest podcast.

You can find the podcast here – and don’t worry, it’s not just me waffling on, but includes loads of other cool stuff too including fellow debut novelists Aimee Fix and Michael Pool, plus music, plus author interviews, plus… well, head over there and you can see for yourselves!

In my case I’m talking about Birmingham’s canal network, which is a real hidden gem of the city and provides a major part of the backdrop for ‘Gravy Train’.

I’ve never done this recording/podcast stuff before, so I’m oddly proud of the result!