women’s crime writing

How NOT to do an awards night: Maryanne Ross reflects on the Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Firstly, decide you have to prepare for crushing disappointment, so spend the two weeks over-analysing everyone’s tone of voice and body language and conclude that it is unlikely you won anything. Then spend the next week stopping yourself from ringing or emailing the co-convenor and begging her for a clue. Make yourself thoroughly miserable in

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On the burn: Q&A with Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic spoke to Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Robyn Walton, about her second Caleb Zelic novel, And Fire Came Down (Echo, 2017). The first in the series, Resurrection Bay, won three Davitt Awards and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Emma, your first crime novel, Resurrection Bay, published in 2015, was a

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This I Would Kill For

by Anne Buist Publisher: Text Published: 2018 Synopsis Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult. Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy

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Free Crime Writing Workshop – Mornington Library

Recommended for Adults Do you want to write a crime novel? Come along to Mornington Library’s two day crime writing short course. Join best-selling author, Vikki Petraitis, as she guides you through the genre expectations of crime, protagonists and antagonists, plotting and setting. There will be clear instructions and lots of tips. This workshop will

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Lady Cop continues to make trouble: Q&A with Amy Stewart

In the last couple of years, US author Amy Stewart has attracted world-wide attention with Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Scribe), based on the forgotten, true story of one of the USA’s first female deputy sheriffs, Constance Kopp. She spoke recently to Robyn Walton, a Sisters in Crime National Convenor, about

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Have a criminal 2018

Wondering what to read in 2018? The answer is easy: Scarlet Stiletto: The Ninth Cut, the collection of winning stories from this  year’s short story competition, edited by Phyllis King. It’s a superb collection of page-turning crime and mystery stories in which fabulous female protagonists solve – and sometimes perpetrate – all kinds of crimes. It is a thrilling

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How to avoid the Second Novel Syndrome

On 27 October at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun, authors Emma Viskic, Anna Snoekstra and J. M. Green had fun discussing how to triumph over the second novel with Maggie Baron. Here’s a summary of their advice Emma Viskic, author of the multi-award winning Resurrection Bay and, in August, And Fire Came Down (both Bonnier Publishing)

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Go west, young woman: Q&A with J.M. Green  

Sisters in Crime National Co-convenor, Robyn Walton, spoke to J.M. Green, about the latest novel in her Stella Hardy series, Too Easy (Scribe, 2017). Like her social worker sleuth, Green lives in Melbourne’s Western suburbs.  J.M., congratulations on your new novel. As a reviewer commented on your first book in the Stella Hardy series, you

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Best holiday crime reads

Sisters in Crime asked authors and convenors which two books they’d recommend for holiday reading. Here’s what they said: ANN BYRNE (Sisters in Crime Life Member) The Long Drop – Denise Mina (Penguin Books Australia – 2017) : The Long Drop is Denise Mina’s first foray into true crime. It is the story of Peter

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24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – presented by Sigrid Thornton, icon of Australian screen and stage

Reminder: Bookings close Wednesday 15 November.  Click to book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-scarlet-stiletto-cocktail-party-awards-tickets-39036000729 Join us for champagne and canapés as we celebrate Australia’s crime-writing talent at Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. This year, 186 entries vied for glory, but only 26 stories were shortlisted for the 13 awards (Scarlet-Stiletto-entry-form-2017). Catch up with your favourite authors including Anne Buist, Hazel

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