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The Bracelet. A Charm For Each Murder Committed By A Devoted Husband.

Intimacy is what it’s all about. Intimate lovers, intimate starvation, intimate murder — and when I required a symbol of closeness for each of the victims, I found the best one of all: A bracelet full of charms that represent each kill and then gave it to his wife. She is oblivious to their meaning …

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Adding The Secret IM To The Plot Of SEETHINGS

Instant Messaging isn’t new but there was a time it didn’t exist. In 2000, people turned to online desktop programmes for their first IM experience. These clever bits of code allowed anyone with the same IM program to exchange messages without delay. My villain uses a private IM that I wrote into SEETHINGS so they …

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Stories About Photographers: Is The ‘War Correspondent’ The Only Option?

Apply the word ‘photographer’ to any work of new fiction and many listeners conclude that the story will be about war. If you’re over sixty years of age, you’ll have more than a ninety per cent chance of thinking war correspondent. I know. My first few readers assumed this and were surprised (or disappointed) to …

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I’d Like To Introduce The Australian Kurdaitcha Assassin To You

Legendary Australian executioner, Kurdaitcha, has walked the Earth since the beginning of time, tracking victims by stealth and never leaving any evidence behind. Kurdaitcha is known as a silent assassin who takes random victims in the Outback. This tale of an ancient serial killer is about to come alive again in a new book with …

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Why Do Clocks Stop When People Die?

Timepieces are amazing things. They cease to function at the exact moment when their owners expire. Yesteryear’s thriller stories depended on a stopped watch or a clock to determine the time of a victim’s death. It became a standard part of many police investigations. There is one problem with that premise: Clocks don’t quit when …

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Trangressive Fiction: What The Hell Is It?

What an apt word to use at the start of this post. Many weak-stomached folks would think the text written for this genre came by way of the damned. The transgressive style challenges readers by taking storytelling into places where regular commercial fiction doesn’t normally go. Topics of self-harm, abuse, sexual deviancy, etc — are …

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This Affair Is My Secret. Please Don’t Tell Anyone What I’m About To Tell You.

I can’t say it to anyone in my circle of friends but I can tell my secret to a stranger like you. Yes, for all you know, I could be your closest friend or a work colleague or neither of them — the name I’m using here could be totally different from the one I …

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Sexless Marriage ─ New Content Inspiration For A Different Book by Michael Forman

You’re a photojournalist and a writer Michael. What’s the common link between photography and the kind of fiction you’re writing? My novel’s protagonist is a photographer. “Write what you know,” they say ─ and I know much about photography. I’ve travelled, photographed, and written about the places I visited. I grew tired of writing fluffy …

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Brisbane River Yachts

Missing That Blue-Sky Brisbane Vibe… and Now I’m Featuring It In A Book!

Her river meanders around the suburbs of Brisbane City a thousand times before the water reaches the open waters of Moreton Bay. Geologists say this is the reason Brisbane may be presiding over the oldest river in the world. I don’t care how old her river is. I love my hometown girl, Brisbane, despite her …

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Books About Sexless Marriages. Where Are They?

A sexless marriage can feel extra lonely for a second reason. If you’re not the type to whine about not getting laid, you’re probably keeping the emotion from it to yourself and it’s been building. That means the frustration you feel is multiplied. And now, you’re doing research on books about sexless marriages to find …

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