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Books Inspiring Us Right Now

Great books are like gold, but unlike what usually happens with gold, great books should be shared. With that in mind, here are some books that have inspired us at the beginning of 2020, and we'd love for you to share your book treasures with us below. What're you reading that's so good you gotta tell? Do tell! Lindy Cameron (Clan Destine Press' publisher) I’m reading a book on boxing to learn more about the topic, and I really wanted one from the point of view of someone who does it and who writes.That's why I'm excited I found The...

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Flawed Heroes — Writing Them, Reading Them

Flawed Heroes

On 3 April 2020 @ 8pm Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore and Natalie Conyer will explore the flawed heroes of their crime novels and grapple with an equally flawed world. This Sisters in Crime event will be chaired by author Jacqui Horwood at the Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne and while booking details are still to come (check back the Sisters in Crime events page), maybe we can think a bit about what 'flawed' means to us when we pair that term with hero. Men, Women, and Non-Binary Heroes—Do They Even Get to Be Flawed? In fiction and in fact we...

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We're Sorry in Advance—Writing Crime, True Crime, Fiction & Fact

Writing Tips from Vikki Petraitis

Before we go one word further know that this blog entry comes with sage advice from premiere true crime writer Vikki Petraitis and who doesn't want that?*no one raises hand*To get where we're going however, we have to start someplace unexpected—but be assured, there's a method to our madness! Fiction, Non-Fiction Writing & Pee So here's the thing, as writers we believe we know things and we sometimes let those things creep into our stories. I think most of us think we "know" urine is sterile (it is not!), and perhaps we've written ye ol' sea captain as reassuring some...

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Highway Bodies by Alison Evans: Book Review

Book Reviews Diversity Narrelle Me Harris Queer Writing

Highway Bodies by Alison Evans: Book Review

By Narrelle M Harris It’s always fabulous to have new zombie fiction set in Australia, and it’s ten times as grand when the zombie fiction in question has as much personality, drama and heart as Alison Evans’ new YA book, Highway Bodies. The story is divided into three-chapter sections: the first from the point of view of a teen near the epicentre of the zombie outbreak; the second from a group of young musicians taking a week away in the country to work on songs; the third a pair of non-identical twins whose mother is a nurse at a hospital...

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The Crazy-Pants Importance of Diversity in Crime Fiction

Diversity NASA SpaceX

Just watched the NASA Live: SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test, which is like so many things involving space, made me again feel like the kid who read all those sci-fi novels, who loved the Martian stories of Ray Bradbury, the moon stories of Robert Heinlein, the robot and tech tales of Tanith Lee. Two other things struck me about watching today’s successful tests of the "Crew Dragon spacecraft’s ability to safely escape the Falcon 9 rocket in the event of an emergency during launch.” (Yes, quoting directly from NASA.) The first was that of the two main voices heard during the...

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