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Jane Casey: Creating a Series Character

28 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

I was down at Waterford Writers Weekend last week and got to chat to wonderful crime writer Jane Casey about her Maeve Kerrigan character and how she created the series…this is part of the Six Minutes on Story series that my alter ego Vanessa Fox…

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Meg Rosoff on voice – THIS is what it’s about

27 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

Bit more writerswebtv.com for you – Meg Rosoff is one of those authors I feel privileged to have met. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck as Shem read out this piece – and just look at Meg’s reaction…how many of you…

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Show Don’t Tell: Two Writers Explain

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

Showing not telling is one of the most difficult techniques to master for all new writers (me particularly – it took me a while to work it out!). In 2013 I made a DVD with Dublin City of Literature The National Emerging Writer Programme –…

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Galway’s Giant of the Book World: Joe McCoubrey Talks To Ken Bruen

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By any measurement Galway author Ken Bruen is right up there with the best of them. With 35 novels neatly stacked on his bookshelf, six TV movies in the can, a 12-part series just agreed with Swedish TV, and the completion of two big screen…

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Dead Man Talking: Mark Heffernan

27 March 2012. By Sam Blake.

Sometimes you meet someone who leaves a lasting impression. Mark Heffernan is one of those people. At only twenty-eight he has fitted more success into his life than most people can even dream of. Growing up in Carew Park, Southill, a local authority estate in…

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Threaten to Win: Brian O’Connor

11 March 2012. By Sam Blake.

When you meet Brian O’Connor he seems like a gentle, mild mannered chap, but when it comes to his opinions, think cat and pigeons. The Irish Times racing correspondent writes a “Tipping Point” column on Mondays that tends to get people’s back up, including comedian…

Book Reviews

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Payback by Kimberley Chambers

27 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By guest reviewer Amy Gaffney: Family – they’re supposed to watch your back, not stab you in it. When your family motto is “What goes around comes around,” it’s hardly surprising that life is full of drama and suspense, as the Butler’s prove. In their…

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

Guest review by Kevin Massey The first thing you notice about ‘Gone Girl’ is its structure. It opens with the perspective of Nick, on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, the day that his wife disappears. The next chapter is from the perspective of…

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The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin

25 March 2014. By Sam Blake.

By guest reviewer Kevin Ryan, Crime Scene reviewer for writing.ie The Skull and the Nightingale has all the hallmarks of a gothic horror pastiche on first sight: a stark, black cover with a silhouette of a carriage and horses; within, the endpapers show a map…