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An Aussie Crime Writer Talks About The Harry The Horse Phase

Stephen Johnson

An Aussie Crime Writer Talks About The Harry The Horse Phase

By Stephen Johnson I’m past the halfway point on the latest Spotlight series manuscript. The body count stands at one, a minimalist victim rate compared to my first book, Tugga’s Mob. Fear not, more blood will be spilled before the final page. I’m edging to that climax, slowed in part by the knowledge it will face the Harry The Horse phase.Harry Lovett, aka Harry The Horse, departed for the chief sub’s bar behind the Pearly Gates in the early '80s, a few years after I joined the ABC as a cadet. It was a bygone era that Hollywood would portray...

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Book Peek: Inside Tugga's Mob by Stephen Johnson

Book Peek Sneak Peek Stephen Johnson

Book Peek: Inside <em>Tugga's Mob</em> by Stephen Johnson

A sneak book peek into Clan Destine Press' award-nominated Tugga's Mob by Stephen Johnson. June 1, 1986Day One: Judy Williams, from Waikato, New Zealand, is now officially in London. God, what a flight getting here: delays in Sydney and then Singapore, but we weren’t allowed to leave the airport. Such a long haul from Auckland to Heathrow, but it’s worth it to be in what I’ve always considered the coolest city in the world. There are millions of cars, people, and houses and the city noise is incredible; it’s close to how I imagined it would be. All those English...

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Tugga's Mob author fesses up to the weirdest thing he's ever written

Stephen Johnson

By Stephen Johnson My first murder. Thinking of sneaky ways to kill, without being caught, was a weird experience for a television news and sports producer. During my career, I encountered a few candidates for justifiable homicide – TV executives, politicians, businessmen – but no thoughts beyond that. The daily news bulletins I produced regularly dealt with death: wars, famines, murders, accidents. It was at a distance, seen via the camera lens. Did I have the killer instinct to take a human life? In a literary sense. My hitman skills didn’t extend beyond swatting flies and squashing mozzies. The speed...

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The Burning of the Ribbons: A Crime Writer's Glee

Stephen Johnson

By Stephen Johnson I wanted to share something cheerful in my first blog entry for Clan Destine Press – given the state of the world – and it was my laptop screensaver that provided the inspiration. It opened on a photo taken in 2017 during the European motorhome grand tour that produced my debut crime novel Tugga’s Mob.It revealed a joyous street scene in Portugal; students from the University of Porto were celebrating the end of the academic year in the Queima das Fitas; burning of the ribbons. There are a couple of unique aspects that always make me smile...

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Working From Home: The Australian Crime Writers' Edition

L.A. Larkin Narrelle M Harris Natalie Conyer Stephen Johnson Working From Home

In lo, these unusual times, have you ever found yourself wondering how Australian and New Zealand crime writers focus their finely-tuned brains enough to pen their heart-pumping prose? Wonder no longer! How Do You Work From Home When You Write Crime (The Answers Involve a Pig)? [New South Wales] is not in total lock-down yet, so my tip would be walk your dog while you still can! Naturally, keep a safe distance from people when you do this. I find it energises me and giving my dogs a cuddle is very soothing. If you don’t have a dog, maybe run...

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