I Carry On Blogging!

I have a guest blog over at the splendid Carry On Blogging! ‘It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, but…

Guest blog: Dietrich Kalteis on writing Poughkeepsie Shuffle

First off, thanks again for inviting me to write a guest post about my new novel, Paul. Poughkeepsie Shuffle is the story of Jeff Nichols. He’s a former inmate of Toronto’s infamous Don Jail. After getting his release, Jeff tries to rekindle a relationship with his ex, Ann Ryan, wanting to make his way in…

Small Time Crimes’ Soundtrack at Toe Six Press

Well, I’ve certainly lifted plenty of story and book titles from songs over the years. Small Time Crimes, my new collection, has more than a few yarns with titles nicked from songs I like. Over at Toe Six Press, I talk about those songs. ‘Chelsea Girls I suspect most people would think that the title…

Guest Blog: Dietrich Kalteis on creating Zero Avenue.

First of all, thank you Paul for inviting me to write about my upcoming novel.   Zero Avenue is a crime novel set to the cranking beat and amphetamine buzz of Vancouver’s early punk scene. The story follows Frankie del Rey who aspires to launch her music career and raise enough money to cut a…

Guest Blog: Three Hours Past Midnight by Tony Knighton

Paul has graciously invited me to post an essay about my latest work Three Hours Past Midnight, a novel from Crime Wave Press, set in my hometown, Philadelphia, Pa.  In the first few pages the narrator and his partner burglarize the home of a wealthy, jailed Philadelphia politician.  It features the un-named protagonist from an…

Guest Blog: Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch

I’ve been asked to write a guest piece about my new crime novella collection Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties. So here goes… The anthology contains three very different kinds of crime tales written with three very different writing styles. The genesis of the first story, Easy-Peezy, came from my considering penning a Western story….

Guest Blog: Conflict by Chris Rhatigan

One Thing Every Reader Wants to See A manuscript arrives in the All Due Respect inbox. It sits there for some time. Might be a day, might be a week, might be an hour. At some point, usually in the morning with a thermos of coffee, I open the manuscript. There’s one thing I’m looking…

Guest Blog: What Goes On by Richard Godwin

Well well here we are again, at Paul’s gaff, I have been a busy boy, and that’s an understatement. WHAT’S NEW: I have my Noir sampler, Noir Candy out NOW with Down and Out Books, and for your personal delectation, here’s the pitch: Noir Candy is a genre shifting candy shop of noir, the hybrid…

Guest Blog: Bay Of Martyrs by Matt Neal

A good trick in songwriting is to start with the title first. Come up with a great name for your song and you’re well on your way – a good title can not only sum up the central ideas and themes of the song, but it can also give you a rhythm, suggest a melody…

London Fings At Tess Makovesky’s Gaff

Over at Tess Makovesky‘s blog, she has a regular spot where writers talk about their book’s setting. I’m over there this week talking about London: ‘In 1959, the great Lionel Bart turned Frank Norman’s London set play ‘Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be’ into a musical comedy about ‘low-life characters in the 1950s, including spivs,…

Guest Blog: Supporting The Damned by Alan Savage

Amazing what you think is a break when you are young. Getting a support slot to The Damned was a big scoop in my mind. But I wasn’t in awe of them. After all, they had not at this point had a decent sized hit record. Support them we did: twice. This is an account…