This new page will focus on some of the stuff I find interesting about Crime, Crime Writing and other crime related things.
When I was writing Locked Up, I had to do a lot of research. The difficulties for me were that it’s set in a prison, a male prison. As a law abiding female, I’ve never been in one of those. Not as a visitor, or a teacher or any of the various positions that get held down by civilians. So I had to do my research. A lot of internet searching was done of course, pictures too. Then there was the contacting actual prisons for their rules – some of which were a real surprise. What was also a surprise, but probably shouldn’t have been, was that certain prisons simply wouldn’t help. Clearly they were keen not to let too much detail get out.
One book that I found useful was “A Life Inside a prisoner’s notebook” by Erwin James. Now I’m not out to make a life of crime look like a good thing, it isn’t. There is no honour amongst thieves, crime doesn’t really pay. But sometimes adversity can bring out the best in a person. And for Erwin Jones it’s brought out an impressive way of writing. The book is definitely one worth reading.
I just hope people find what I write interesting and believable.
Locked Up is released 7th September, when I’ll be up in Stirling attending Bloody Scotland, hope I see some of you there.