Bello, the digital branch of Pan Macmillan, continue to publish ebooks of my Trish Maguire and Willow King crime series, as well as the historicals I wrote as Daphne Wright, three post-crime novels I wrote as Kate Hatfield, and two as Clare Layton. Each name produced a slightly different set of emotions as I wrote and the novels reflect it.
I had a wonderful time as international guest of honour at Magna cum Murder in Indianapolis last October. The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, where it took place was stylish and comfortable; my fellow writers were as impressive as anything - and the readers, the most important people of all, were a delight. I had a great time and could recommend Magna cum Murder to absolutely anyone interested in crime fiction. The website is www.magnacummurder.com
Plans are well advanced for the 2017 St Hilda's Crime and Mystery weekend. I shall be chairing it once again and the speakers will be a mixture of the familiar and newcomers to this most civilised of crime conferences. You can book on www.mysteryandcrime2017.eventbrite.co.uk
Before that will come the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, and some amazing writers will be there. More information can be found on:http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/
It's always terrific fun.
Earlier years' St Hilda's Crime & Mystery weekends have all featured amazing writers, including P D James, Jill Paton Walsh, Andrew Taylor, Frances Fyfield and many more. The weather usually smiles on us and a great time is had by all.
One year's St Hilda's Crime & Mystery weekend dealt with humour in crime fiction and was also enormous fun. I gave a paper on my Willow King series of frivolous crime novels on the Saturday afternoon. This took the title from a review I was given for one of my Willow novels, which began: 'When you stop laughing, this isn't a bad novel.' It was a surprising pleasure to re-read my Willow King novels and to find that - amid the jokes so many reviewers didn't notice - was some highly serious stuff, with which I am still very much concerned.
Talking of great festivals, among the most enjoyable I've ever been to was the HeadRead Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn is an enchanting city, and its inhabitants are widely read, interesting, and funny: the best combination. Jason Goodwin, author of the Istanbul-based crime series featuring eunuch detective, Yashim, proved a superb interviewer.
I was delighted to discover (in February 2015) that I'd been elected no.38 on the WHSmith Best Crime Writers of All Time as Voted by You. So I do thank all of you who voted.
Incidentally, there are still video clips for six of my Trish Maguire novels on the terrific Meet the Author website. The links are:
You can also download an audio discussion between me and Paul Blezard, who generously invited me to use it here. You can find the link on my welcome page. I hope you enjoy it.
I have just answered Twenty Questions from Emma Dally of Good Housekeeping and they are now up on the GH website. http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/lifestyle/
21-24 July 2016 I shall be at the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/
12-14 August 2016 I shall be at the St Hilda's Crime & Mystery Weekend in Oxford
28-30 October 2016 I shall be International Guest of Honour at Magna cum Murder in Indianapolis www.magnacummurder.com
Trish's London from the Embankment to the Wheel