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The making of Kimberley Chambers’ new video

Kimberley and Pete enjoy a cuppa One wonderfully sunny day earlier in the year, two members of the Marketing team strode out to meet Kimberley Chambers, her agent Tim and her typist Sue in Dagenham – but we were not simply meeting them for pie and mash, oh no, we were here with expert camera man Pete in order to film a video to give her readers a real taste of her latest book, The Schemer. No hard task, then.We all agreed to meet at Roy’s Pie and Mash shop, where the lovely staff gave us a cup of tea and settled down into it. By going back to Dagenham where Kimberley grew up and the book is set, we hoped to really capture a feel of the people and the place. Read More

Final part – Lisa Brackman on her background

Hello Killer Readers, As promised, here’s the fourth and final part of Lisa Brackman’s interview – she ends with talking a little about her background and how she ended up writing. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on it, and we hope you like YEAR OF THE TIGER,… Read More

Writing and Getting Published – Lisa Brackman

Here’s the third instalment of Lisa Brackman’s interviews – final part to come very soon. YEAR OF THE TIGER is out now in paperback, enjoy this clip of her talking about her writing process and how she came to be published in the US and the UK.   Thankings, Killer Reads  … Read More

Lisa Brackman: On Ellie, the heroine of YEAR OF THE TIGER

Thanks so much for all your comments and tweets on Lisa’s interview – YEAR OF THE TIGER is out in paperback tomorrow – so to celebrate, here’s a second interview clip in which she talks about writing characters and especially focusses on Ellie, the heroine of her debut… Read More

On China: An interview with Year of the Tiger author Lisa Brackman

  Killer Reads Exclusive Alert!   An interview with the award-winning Lisa Brackman, author of YEAR OF THE TIGER: a game-changing new thriller set in modern China, in a world of underground artists, government conspiracies and paranoid revolutionaries. This is the first of four fascinating clips we’ll be bringing to… Read More

SORRY? You will be if you don't read this – chance to win a first edition

Q & A with Zoran Drvenkar, author of SORRY: The new thriller that 'surprises, shocks and thrills from start to finish' (Sunday Express) What did you want to be at 5, 13 and 20 years of age? I was mainly struggling with trying to be myself, so I really didn’t think much about being someone else. I started reading at 5 and that’s when the world opened for me. When I was 13, I wrote my first poem. Kitsch met hormones whilst connecting frontally with drama. I loved it and I felt like a genius, almost untouchable. Soon I turned to horror stories and left poems that rhymed behind as soon as I opened my first Bukowski. Other kids open beer bottles, cigarette packs, dirty magazines, I was addicted to books from day one and Bukowski was a nice step in the right direction. From 15 until 22, I was copying everything I read, learning the trade from writers by mimicking them and slowly, very slowly finding my own voice. My head was a melting pot, all the stories I have read were tumbling around in there and something new surfaced on paper.   What prompted you to write your first novel? There were so many books and ideas and plot twists planted in my brain, that I had to do something - rob a bank, start a cooking class, climb a mountain. I never finished school and hated the time it stole from me as much as I hated the thought to be interested in things you cannot be interested in when you are 12 - like chemistry and mathematics and why a curve does this and that and why worms have their heads next to their asses. After reading every book that came close to me I turned very fast onto the road of writing. I was allowed to think and write and express what I wanted, without limits, without rules. I could bleed out my heart or I could be cruel as hell. It was possible. You can’t say no to that. Read More

February's Killer Review title is: Heresy by S. J. Parris

Oxford, 1583. A place of learning. And murderous schemes.  England is rife with plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and return the country to the Catholic faith. Defending the realm through his network of agents, the Queen’s spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham works tirelessly to hunt down all traitors.  His… Read More

Danger: Thriller Writer at Work

Tom Knox My car was stuck in the forest. The forest was in the middle of a desert. The nearest people who could help me lived in a village a few miles through the trees, beyond the Moche pyramids; unfortunately, these forest gypsies had a ferocious reputation - for shooting unwanted intruders. I stared at my Toyota Hilux, lodged in the Peruvian sand. The sun was going down. The evening was already chilly. I began to wonder if I’d taken my determination to research my thrillers, as authentically and thoroughly as possible, just a little too far. Read More

PANTHEON has landed…

 This week saw the launch party for PANTHEON, the explosive new World War Two thriller by No. 1 bestseller Sam Bourne (the pseudonym of award-winning journalist and presenter of Radio 4’s The Long View, Jonathan Freedland). https://s23783.p595.sites.pressdns.com/pantheon/ It’s a page-turning, thoroughly-researched thrill-ride that… Read More