CTG Interviews KJ Howe about The Freedom Broker

I’m amazed at the lengths the authors go to research their stories. I know that Crime Thriller Girl (CTG) is a qualified bounty hunter, for example! I also particularly like the advice from David Morrell, KJ Howe’s mentor: ‘Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else’.

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image003While I was at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate I met up with fellow debut novelist KJ Howe to chat about her fabulous thriller THE FREEDOM BROKER. Over coffee, we talked research, writing process, and how she created the kick-ass action heroine Thea Paris…

Thea Paris is such an authentic all-action female lead – what inspired you to create her as a character?

I always wanted to write a strong female protagonist. As part of my research I went out to the Phoenix desert and trained in hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting and more. I’m a big believer of if you’re going to write about it you should have experienced it. I’ve got this rolodex of Special Forces guys I can call on – they read the book – and wanted to bring an authenticity to the page. I would have loved to have been a spy!…

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OpenLearn – free courses from the Open University

“OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free!”

What more could you want, credibility and no fee :)
They have a huge range of courses covering almost every subject area I can think of. They are to be fair sometimes taken from now retired versions of full price courses; yet for all that they are still really useful. A free certificate of participation appears to come with most of them too.

And the humongous tortoise? A course on evolution, so Darwin – Galápagos – giant tortoises 😊

Image: By David Adam KessOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story

Gunter Grass, author, Nobel prize winner was not someone on my to-read list.
But I was on holiday in a rented cottage and need something to read. Someone had left a copy of Crabwalk.

His fictional story revolves around the sinking of a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, in 1945 with the loss of over nine-thousand lives. The worst single ship loss in history. Grass somehow tells the single story from the perspective of three people who Continue reading “Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story”