EP398: Christopher Abbott — Writing as a Superfan

Christopher Abbott is the award-winning author of the Watson Chronicles, a continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Christopher tells us how he’s worked to retain the authenticity of Conan Doyle’s style, and what he’s learned about crafting a mystery. We discuss… Writing as a superfan How to seed clues in a mystery And the challenges […]

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EP397: Mark Ellis — Never Give Up

Mark Ellis is the bestselling author of the DCI Frank Merlin series set in the Second World War. Mark celebrates the publication of the fifth book in the series, Dead in the Water, and reveals his research methods and how he uses real history to develop his stories. He also tells us what he learned […]

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EP396: Lisa Regan — Let Them Tell You No

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series, and this year sees the publication of books 14 & 15: Watch Her Disappear and Local Girl Missing. But it all started when she wrote her first mystery when she was 11-years-old. Lisa tells us how her father’s […]

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EP395: Scott Kershaw — Playing the Game

Scott Kershaw’s debut The Game is a cracking high concept thriller, and Scott’s route to publication is an extraordinary tale of second chances, self-publishing, co-writing, a first-class honours degree, an expensive train journey, weird business cards, and explaining publishing’s system of advances and royalties to friends and family. This is a wonderfully honest interview and […]

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EP393: Sarai Walker — Subversive, but Fun

Sarai Walker’s debut novel Dietland was a smash hit and made into an AMC TV series, and now she returns with The Cherry Robbers, a twisted, dark gothic novel. Sarai tells us how the novel was inspired by real people and history and how she loves writing fiction that is subversive but “wrapped in a […]

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EP391: Lizzy Barber — I Carry My Work With Me

Lizzy Barber’s critically acclaimed debut novel My Name is Anna won the Daily Mail First Novel competition, and her latest thriller Out of Her Depth is a Richard and Judy book club selection. Lizzy’s journey has taken her from winning a Disney writing competition when she was ten, to the Royal Shakespeare Company, to one […]

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EP389: Joanne Harris — Squeeze Your Characters

Joanne Harris returns to the podcast with her gripping page-turning thriller A Narrow Door. Joanne answers our listener questions, tells us the importance of human interaction to her writing, why she doesn’t see a distinction between plotting and pantsing, and why ideas are like planets in a solar system. And the Two Marks discuss a […]

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