Plastic

Stuck For A Title

Okay, so you’ve written your story, short or doorstop-length, and you no longer like the title you started out with, or maybe you never had one in the first place. What do you do? I know it may seem that I have it in for ‘The Girl on the Train’ (I have) but the one […]

Writers In Many Hats

I’ve been talking to readers a lot this spring, and one subject that kept returning was whether writers can work on many types of book, or if they should stay in one area. Crime was once a part of general fiction until genres separated out in bookshops, so that SF/horror, fantasy (and believe it or […]

Why Holmes Always Gets Reinvented, And Other Puzzles

  Last week I had lunch in an Argentinian restaurant in Barcelona with the Sherlockian society. That may sound rather an esoteric thing to do, but within the context of the city’s ‘Freak Zone’ it seemed a rather wonderful way to spend the afternoon, munching empanadas and wondering what Holmes got up to Europe. It […]

Permission To Laugh

An alarming idea today: Are readers and audiences now obeying demographics, which were once designed to categorise their tastes? It strikes me because, when I analyse successful entertainment (as all writers are prone to do) I can see a huge new change in our habits. Prior to the compartmentalisation of consumption, we enjoyed a book […]

Creating Strong Female Characters

The old rule of thumb is that you should have your females talking about something other than men. I’ve never had a problem with this; if anything, it’s been hard to make them talk about men at all. I enjoy writing strong women. Many of the main characters in my books have been like June […]

A Cult Comeback

This is about a book that begins like this: There’s blood everywhere, and none of it’s where it’s supposed to be. On the carpet. On the curtains. All over me. And I know it won’t wash out because this shirt is pure silk. If you don’t want to ruin silk, never sneeze in a Starbucks […]

Be Afraid, Readers

Just when you thought you were safe from any new Fowler-related products coming your way… ‘Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood’ US edition (mauvey!) and the UK paperback (lush!) are here. And my first e-story for Transworld outsold John Grisham (blimey!) Also, there’s renewed interest in my mad-as-an-old-man’s-trousers novel ‘Plastic’. Older readers may […]