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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

Cath Staincliffe

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  1. Winning Books

    I was gripped by the book though often found it/her annoying but I wasn't so sure about the ending though it was a clever twist.
  2. Who Is Your Favourite?

    I always find it so hard to pick just one or two of anything but among my favourite characters are Jenny Cooper from the M.R.Hall books, she's a fierce champion for justice but her personal life is a real mess and I find myself cheering her on. A long lasting favourite is Dave Robicheaux from James Lee Burke, flawed and very humane as is Jackson Brodie, Kate Atkinson's protagonist but Brodie is also very funny at times which is a welcome counterpoint to the suspense of the stories. I could go on but I'll stop there...
  3. Winning Books

    Hope you like them as much as I did.
  4. Questions for authors

    I'm not prepared to stop reading while I'm writing as I'm addicted to books so I think I've got used to not letting what I read seep into my own prose style. As for your second question, I've not had that sort of pressure from publishers but I did once briefly have an agent who wasn't keen on the book I was trying to get published and basically suggested I go off and write a 'big thriller' that she could sell. We parted company. When you think about it, it might take a year to write a book and a year to publish it so by the time that's done the trend might be done and dusted.
  5. Questions for authors

    Yes! I remember that. Not played it for years. The Kafka line is a great one.
  6. Questions for authors

    Here's a question from one author to the others. If you didn't write crime what sort of books would you write? Is there another genre you'd like to work in? Answering for myself I'd love to write a children's book someday and I'd like to write science fiction/fantasy too which is what I wrote when I first started out.
  7. Questions FROM the authors..

    Publishers do tend to present the author with the artwork and a note saying 'here's the cover and we love it hope you do too' and most of the time I do. I really like the recent covers for my stand alone books (which are part of a cover trend known as the single female eye ) Audio books have sometimes been wide of the mark, one of my gritty Sal Kilkenny private eye titles looked like wartime romance! If a cover is really not a good reflection of the book, I've usually been able to get changes made with the help of my agent.
  8. Winning Books

    They are very different reads, take you into totally different worlds but each completely gripping. Apple Tree Yard suspenseful and intelligent and at times shocking while The Universe Versus Alex Woods is funny and poignant and uplifting.
  9. Winning Books

    The long-lists are out now for the Dagger Awards in the UK. http://thedaggers.co.uk/entries/list.php?dagger=2 What titles from all the books you've read this last year would you pick as your winners? I'll kick off with my top five Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence The Cry by Helen FitzGerald Norwegian by Night by Derek B Miller Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  10. Questions FROM the authors..

    I find reading fiction so much more rewarding, it engages me in a different way than non fiction as I imagine being the characters, being in that situation and also I relish the use of language in good prose. Personally I find it hard to concentrate on non fiction - I manage to read a few features in the newspaper once a week and that's it. Finally there are so many novels out there I want to read - and so little time - so that's my priority.
  11. Questions for authors

    'It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.' George Orwell, 1984 Also 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...' Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities First and last lines are so important!
  12. Questions for authors

    I love a good story whatever the genre but I also like to keep up with new writing in crime fiction where my home is. My estimate is that about two thirds of the books I read are crime and the other third are mainly general fiction and literary fiction. Every so often I list books I've enjoyed on my blog as recommendations. Someday I'll have to tot up whether my estimate of the genre split is right.
  13. Questions for authors

    Like Sam I treat writing as my job so it's what I do everyday with bits of time for admin, emails, twitter and the like. I've not used any software though have heard authors rave about scrivener and it sounds good, I'm a bit reluctant to try it as I don't know how long it would take to get used to it. Post it notes and writing first drafts longhand works well for me so far. I do diagrams and a calendar and lists of dates etc - all of which I believe can be there at a keystroke with scrivener. One thing I have used is voice recognition software when I have loads of typing to do. It's slightly quicker for me than touch typing but I wish it was even more accurate.
  14. Questions for authors

    Well, I write a lot about loss and grief and I do find myself 'upset' when I'm writing in the same way that I hope a reader would be moved when they are reading the book. But soon as my writing day is done I am fine. Some areas I avoid - I've only once written from the point of view of a serial killer as it's not a place I want to be for long. (That was my short story Laptop which won a dagger so maybe I should reconsider that position!)
  15. Questions for authors

    Yes, at least with the pilot. Spent some time with the lead actors looking at the characters and their lives and their attitude to work and so on. Great fun. Didn't do that with later series, though I went to the read thrus and visited filming.