Author Q&As

Fatal female friendships: Author spotlight with Polly Phillips  

Perth author, Polly Phillips, drew on her observations and portrayals of female friendships for her debut novel My Best Friend’s Murder (Simon & Schuster). Gaslighting in female friendship hasn’t been examined with the same nuance that romantic relationships have, she says. She spoke with Karina Kilmore. Female friendships – what made you choose to centre

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Working Class Girl: Q&A with Karina Kilmore

Debut author Karina Kilmore drew on her own life and work background to write her debut novel Where the Truth Lies (Simon & Schuster) which centres on a journalist investigating a death on the wharves and the tribal divide between big business, the media and unions. She spoke to Maggie Baron.  Q: Hi Karina, firstly

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Zipping on the zeitgeist: Q&A with Meg Mundell

The Trespassers, Meg Mundell’s first foray into crime fiction, is presciently set during a global pandemic, and tracks the deprivations and fears of passengers sailing from London to Melbourne as new infections break out on board. It won Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Award (Best Crime Novel). Meg talked to Janice Simpson about how this

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Surviving the odds: Q&A with Elizabeth Flann

How does a woman alone on a remote island and running out of food escape the men hunting her? Elizabeth Flann’s debut novel, Beware of Dogs (HarperCollins), explores what happens with Robyn Walton.   A warm welcome to your first novel, Elizabeth. Your bio tells us you have a background in publishing, literature, and film?

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Seeking justice through the crime novel : Q&A with Robin Gregory

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, spoke to Robin Gregory about her debut crime novel, Traffic (Clan Destine Press).  Hello Robin. Is Traffic your first publication? And what led you to choose crime fiction? Thanks for the opportunity, Robyn. In relation to the first half of your question, I self-published a thriller called Novice Death

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The joys of mystery with history: Q&A with Tea Cooper

Tea Cooper, the award-winning author of historical fiction, spoke from regional NSW to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her latest novel, The Cartographer’s Secret (HQ Fiction). Welcome to Sisters in Crime, Tea. Your historical novels have a big fan base. I thought keen consumers of mystery and crime who haven’t yet read you

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Singapore jewels: Q&A with A. M. Stuart

Melbourne author A. M. Stuart spoke to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime Australia’s Vice-President, about her Harriet Gordon mystery series and the sources of her inspiration. Hi, A. M., and congratulations on your new historical crime series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House in New York. Some readers will already

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Flooded Florence: Q&A with Kirsten McKenzie

Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, spoke to New Zealand author, Kirsten McKenzie, about her crime novel set during a 1966 flood in Florence, The Forger and the Thief (Squabbling Sparrows Press).   What an intriguing book, Kirsten. A dramatic moment in modern history, crimes small and large, and an unusual narrative structure. Will you tell

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May break my bones: Q&A with Katherine Firkin

Melbourne crime writer Katherine Firkin  spoke to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime Australia’s Vice-President, about her debut police procedural, Sticks and Stones (Bantam Australia, Penguin Books Australia). ________________________________________________________ Hi Katherine. Congratulations on your debut novel, Sticks and Stones. First a few questions that may give guidance to would-be crime authors. Sticks and Stones has been

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More than surviving: Q&A with Jane Harper

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, talks to best-selling author, Jane Harper, about her latest novel, The Survivors (Pan Macmillan). Welcome to our website Q&A, Jane, and congratulations on the publication of your fourth novel. Before we discuss The Survivors, can you update us about the film of your debut novel, The Dry? I’m delighted

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