It is rare to find an author who knows how to write books that truly booby-trap her readers — books that start out feeling like a trip to the carnival on a sunny summer day, and take a left turn at the Tilt-a-Whirl and enter a dark place filled with oddly-shaped mirrors and distant, eerie peals of laughter.
Like any university professor, UNC-Ashevilleâ€˜s Cynn Chadwick holds an advanced degree. But unlike most, she flunked out of college on her first try. “Instead of going to classes,” she says, “I used to go to the track and play the ponies with my college guidance counselor.
Growing up in a small town in New Zealand, out author Stella Duffy did not necessarily consider writing as a viable career choice. “It all sounds a little disingenuous,” she told AfterEllen.com, “but I promise I truly didnâ€˜t know that it was possible for someone like me to be a writer.”
Val McDermid sat alongside Stella on the Dangerous Dykes panel at Harrogate Crime Festival, to discuss how lesbian writers have come to dominate the world of crime fiction.
Lindy Cameron writes crime, science fiction, action adventures and true crime. She created the Melbourne-based PI series featuring Kit O’Malley and has also written two further novels and three collections of real-life Australian murder cases.