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In the Booth with Ruth – Leigh Russell, Author

September 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

My debut thriller, CUT SHORT, was inspired by an encounter with a stranger in my local park... It genuinely never occurred to me that anyone else would ever read my narrative, let alone publish it. The story that arose out of that brief encounter in the park went on to be published as CUT SHORT, shortlisted for a 2010 CWA Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel...

In the Booth with Ruth – Juliet Madison, Author

August 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

I started writing stories when I was very young. I get inspired by people and things that I go through in my own life... I have read almost nothing but crime novels for years so I wanted to see if I could pull it off... I am currently working on Heir to Misfortune, the second title in the DI Frank Lyle mystery series.

Author, Tom Gillespie, is in the booth with his People’s Book Prize Finalist novel: Painting by Numbers

July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

When I started, I had a very loose idea of where I wanted my story to go. I had a beginning, a few sketches around the middle and then a few months in, I had the ending. Then I would juggle stream of consciousness writing with a more controlled, editorial approach, slowly crafting and shaping the narrative structure out of the mess of scribbles, notes, words and ideas. As PBN is fairly complex, I used post-it notes on a big board to keep track of everything that was going on...

In the Booth with Ruth – Howard Linskey, Author

July 8, 2013 // 7 Comments

I enjoy writing crime because it gives you the opportunity to place your characters in pretty extreme, stressful situations involving death or injury, imprisonment or betrayal and it brings emotion to a story when so much is at risk for the characters.

In the Booth with Ruth – J. Andrew Taylor, Author

June 30, 2013 // 4 Comments

I began writing various short stories and study pieces since I was in my teens and, over the years, it has evolved into novels. As far as inspirations go, I will categorise all of the great stories that have fascinated, captivated and taken me to magical places.

In the Booth with Ruth – Michael Bradley, Author

June 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

I was an abused child and escaped from reality by reading. I started reading encyclopedia at age four. I have read at least a book a week since I was twelve, and probably close to 5,000 at this point. I have always wanted to be a writer, but adults discouraged me and I went into various fields. Finally, at age forty-seven, I retired on my savings and started writing full time on April 1, 2011.

In the Booth with Ruth – Barbra Dean, Author

June 11, 2013 // 3 Comments

I have always kept a diary since I was very young, and to this day still keep one. One of my earliest jobs was with an advertising agency, where I was a secretary. However, I knew I had a flair for writing so I began to do some copywriting for them. From there I got onto SHE magazine as Assistant Fashion Editor, and I continued writing for the local...

In the Booth with Ruth – Allen Miles, Author

June 6, 2013 // 4 Comments

I don’t have a formal writing background at all really. I come from Hull, which isn’t known for its literary talents. I started writing at a very early age but I never told anyone. For some reason I was always quite ashamed that I held ambitions other than “Thou Shalt Work at Reckitts or Smith and Nephew”. I read a lot as a child and I was quite insular. I spent...

In the Booth with Ruth – Charlie Wade, Author

June 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

I first tried to write when I was eighteen, but never really got anywhere. After reading Irvine Welsh in my mid twenties, I tried again and half finished a comedy spy book. After a few more failed attempts, I eventually finished the book in 2010 and have since written two more thrillers...