Yesterday, I had the opportunity to chat with my friend and fellow editor, Isobelle of Inspired Lines Editing. We discussed all things editing, including what to look for when finding an editor for your manuscript – and how to appeal to your ideal editor! – as well as how an editor can help push your writing to be the best it can be.
If you couldn’t catch it live, take a listen and find out what we had to say and so much more. And if you missed the chance to submit your own question, please don’t hesitate to add to the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!
Thanks to everyone who took part, and the lovely Isobelle for joining me over a cuppa.
Across the world, a revolution is happening as people are coming together to protest against racism and promote anti-racism.
I want to do what I can by amplifying the Black voices of my first love: fiction. I am, of course, a specialist in all things crime, thriller and suspense so I wanted to share a list of some of the brilliant Black novelists writing in the genre to add to your reading lists and to-be-read piles.
The below is just a limited selection of the fantastic array of crime, thriller and suspense written by Black authors – I wish I could fit them all in – so I would urge you to check out the Crime Writers of Colour website as well as the Black Mystery Authors Directory to discover even more fabulous writers, and hopefully your next read.
Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 15 novels and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Her published titles include: Tell Me Your Secret, The Brighton Mermaid, The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run.
Her next novel All My Lies Are True is out in July.
Eric Jerome Dickey
Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.
Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher, and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she’s a mystery writing library reference specialist, who loves to people watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She’s the author of five mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, as well as the thriller The Paris Secret. When she’s not working, writing, or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is connoisseur of B horror movies, and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.
Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel was born in Los Angeles, California fifteen days after Paul McCartney announced the split of the Beatles. As a child, she kept a pen in her hand, writing everywhere—in notebooks, on loose-leaf paper, in her big brother’s prep-school yearbook and on the back of church bulletins. But never on walls, buildings or freeway overpasses. That is graffiti.
In 2002, her debut novel, A QUIET STORM, was published by Scribner to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal and also chosen as a “Rory’s Book Club” selection, the must-read book list for fictional television character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls.
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
Although not strictly thriller, as a teenager I loved Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, so couldn’t great a list without it.
An award-winning British author and dramatist, Malorie Blackman is a major voice in children’s publishing, holding the post of Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She is best-known for her bestselling novels Noughts & Crosses series as well as Pig Heart Boy, Thief,Cloud Busting, Boys Don’t Cryand Chasing the Stars. The fifth novel in the Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published in August 2019.
Crime and Thriller Month is all about getting under the skin and exploring my favourite genres of fiction, and how could that possible be done without a little help from some of the talented authors of I have had the privilege to work with?
Our first author interview is with the delightful Tyler Flynn, author of Where the Wolf Lies, a pacy and twisting race-against-time novel set in the glorious streets of Paris.
Tyler is a former anti-money laundering investigator, having spent years investigating terrorist financing, tax fraud and human trafficking amongst other crimes. After several years in banking, Tyler became an international financial analyst, with a focus on Europe. He graduated from the of University of St. Thomas with a degree in Political Science. Tyler and his wife Marie are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but spend much of their time in Marie’s home country of France. Where the Wolf Lies is his debut novel.
How are you all coping with the UK in lockdown? It’s not that different to my normal working life as I am lucky enough to work from home, however I do miss the freedom of being able to go outside and explore and take inspiration from not only the world but the people around me. I love people watching – humans are such fascinating creatures. (Saying that, I totally appreciate our reasoning behind it and will support our amazing NHS all the way!)
But with the lockdown, this inspiration is hard to find. So, I’ve come up with the idea of creating writing prompts to help get you started on your latest writing project, whether that be simply exercising your creative mind or picking up a pen and making a start on that novel you’ve always wanted to write.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been posting prompts daily on my Instagram stories – do come check us out – but I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have these prompts delivered right to your inbox? So, I’ve decided to bundle up the writing prompts into a weekly parcel of inspiration to help you on your way.
One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with such an array of talented authors. I always love to follow an author and their book’s publishing journey after I have helped them along the road. So, I wanted to share with you a fantastic book that I had the wonderful pleasure of working on.
Where the Wolf Lies by Tyler Flynn is a fabulous read, a high-paced race against time across the streets of New York, Paris and London, as our hero attempts to bring down a money-laundering scheme that has just turned deadly. With some of the most evocative scene-setting I have come across, you are totally immersed in the world of the novel and it’s very hard to put down.
Kirkus Reviews say it ‘crackles with energy’ and I completely agree. A perfect read for a rainy day when you’re stuck inside and want to escape.