Interview with Marie Basting

With only days before the Crimelines launch, today I’m talking to

Marie Basting


[©2014 M.Basting]

Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

As a student on the MA Creative Writing course at MMU I was invited to submit a piece for the anthology. I was unsure at first. I’d never written a short story before, had only ever written for much younger children and knew nothing about the crime genre. In the end, I figured what the heck and went for it. Yep, what the heck, it’s how I make most of my decisions. Continue reading

Interview with Jamie O’dowd

Today in the serie of interviews, I’m talking to

Jamie O’dowd

jamie o'dowd

[©2014 J.O’dowd]


Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I’ve been involved in Crimelines as a student at MMU. The theme appealed to me straight away. I like to focus on the darker aspects of life in my writing and crime and darkness go hand in hand. As a first year masters student – as well as a full time teacher and father – I didn’t think I would have enough time to become involved in the project, but it has turned out to be a fantastic experience. Continue reading

Interview with Kay Ryder

in the series of Crimelines interviews, today I’m talking to

Kay Ryder

kay Ryder

[©2014 K.Ryder]


Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I was invited to submit a story for consideration, as I’m a student on the MA Creative Writing for Children at MMU. I write YA fiction, so the chance to write a crime story for teenagers was exactly the kind of opportunity I was looking for. I wrote for my favourite genre, science-fiction, and I’m excited to be part of the launch and promotion too. Continue reading

Interview with Anna Mainwaring

Today I’m talking to another talented author of the Crimelines series,

Anna Mainwaring


[©2014 A.Mainwaring]

Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I’m in the final year of the Manchester Metropolitan University’s MA in Creative Writing for Children. The third year students were offered the opportunity to write a story for ‘Crimelines’ fairly late on (we’d already had our turn with ‘Timelines’ the year before). Although the deadline was tight, I was keen to participate. When thinking about what to write about, I thought of a novel opening that I’d been working on several years ago and decided to develop that. Whilst I had the initial idea already, it needed quite a lot of work to change from an opening to a piece that made sense on its own. Continue reading

interview with Kathryn Williams

The launch of the Crimelines Anthology is in three weeks.

Today, I’m talking to another one of its author,

Kathryn Williams

katryn's photo[©2014 K.Williams]

Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I became involved because currently I am a second year student on the Creative Writing for Children Masters at Manchester Metropolitan University. When I received the email with the outline of the anthology, I jumped at the chance. Although it did take me quite a while to decide what crime I was going to write about. Continue reading

interview with Marion Brown

What I love about all those interviews is that it shows there is not one way to go about writing. There is not one type of story. There’s only passion for storytelling and hard work.

So to continue, today I’m talking with

Marion Brown


[©2014 M.Brown]

Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I started my MA in Creative Writing for Children at MMU in January this year. It was fantastic that one of the first emails I received was about the possibility to write a short story for Timelines. Although I was just at the beginning of my course I jumped at the opportunity to get involved. I am really looking forward to being at the Crimelines book launch at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Continue reading

Interview with Derek Lomax

Today, in the Crimelines series of interview, I’m talking to

Derek Lomax


[©2014 D.Lomax]


Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I am a student of the MA Creative Writing course at MMU. As I live in Germany, I do the online variety (part-time). How I got involved with the Crimelines project is pretty much straight forward, really. We were told about the Anthology during the course and that we had a chance to participate. I sent in a story and… he presto, here we are. It’s been a pretty unspectacular way into such a spectacular event, to be honest. Maybe as an aspiring creative writer I should give it a tad more oomph? Continue reading

interview with Matt Killeen

Today, in the serie of the Crimelines interviews, I’m talking to a wonderful author,

Matt Killeen


[©2014 M.Killeen]


Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

Almost by accident…I had contributed a story for the Timelines anthology, ‘Lucky Hits the Skin’, a story set during the Napoleonic Wars. We’d had plenty of notice so I had spent a great deal of time honing and editing it over the course of more than a month. I lived and breathed it, the smell of blood and gunpowder in my nostrils, so to speak. I’d heard that Iris and Livi were planning a follow-up but I didn’t think I’d get a chance to contribute this time, as they like to feature as many first-time authors as possible. So I didn’t give it any thought. Then, when the opportunity arose, I only had a week and a bit to write something, which was daunting but quite liberating at the same time. Although I didn’t want to let Iris and Livi down, if I couldn’t come up with anything in time I’d lost nothing, like a goalkeeper in a penalty shoot-out. Continue reading

Crimelines anthology

check out this great cover!!

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Now you really want to read it don’t you? The book will be for sale very soon. You’re just going to have to be patient.

The launch will take place 5th July at the John Rylands library. There, you’ll be able to hear  the wonderful stories from this anthology.