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Is America’s Obsession with True Crime Re-Writing History?

True crime series are having a moment right now. It’s a perfect storm that first started brewing in Fall 2014 with Serial, a podcast that meticulously questioned the legitimacy of the conviction of Adnan Syed, for the murder of his then girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Serial didn’t just capture the nation’s attention (the way no other podcast has managed before or since), it also recently resulted in the granting of a new trial for Syed.

A few months after Serial‘s enormous success, HBO unleashed The Jinx, a chilling documentary series that cataloged the life of real estate heir Robert Durst and the suspicious deaths peppered throughout his life. Durst participated in the making of the series, but a jaw-dropping finale resulted in his arrest on charges of first-degree murder. Durst is currently serving time for weapons offenses, and pre-trial hearings for the murder of Durst’s friend, Susan Berman, began earlier this

Read more at: https://ww2.kqed.org/pop/2017/11/14/is-americas-obsession-with-true-crime-re-writing-history/

From Inspiration to Publication – The Beach Hut Writing Academy Announces New Date!

via: Ken Douglas (Flickr)

Following two sell-out writing conferences in both 2016 and 2017, the much loved writing workshop will be back in 2018.

The event will consist of workshops with top authors including the Sunday Times bestseller of psychological thrillers ERIN KELLY – lauded as “a master at drip-feeding us the details, keeping us guessing about the truth” – The Guardian. 

Alongside workshops will be a guaranteed opportunity to pitch your story to a literary agent or publisher in a one-to-one slot!

Sponsored by Writers’ Forum, a monthly magazine that aims at helping aspiring writers to reach their goals, and Mslexia, the groundbreaking magazine for women who write, full of debate, discussion, advice and inspiration for women looking to progress their writing careers.

The event will be taking place on March 17 2018 and is being created through the careful curation of organisers’ favourite authors and writing experts, across all genres, “we think it’s

Read more at: http://bjournal.co/from-inspiration-to-publication-the-beach-hut-writing-academy-announces-new-date/

Why Women Should Be Writing True Crime By Piu Eatwell

I have been writing true crime for four years now, and I’ve just finished my most challenging book yet.  Black Dahlia, Red Rose is an investigation of the infamous ‘Black Dahlia’ murder: the as yet unsolved killing of 22 year old Hollywood hopeful Elizabeth Short, whose body was found sprawled on a pavement in suburban Los Angeles in January 1947.

Piu Eatwell by Carsten Wilde

From my teen years, I have loved reading true crime.  Fictional thrillers are great but they are never the same for me, really….because they aren’t actually true.  So when I grew up, it seemed natural for me to write books in the field that I most enjoyed reading.  Embarking on a career in true crime as a woman, however, was daunting.  The genre was dominated by veteran male journalists, who had spent years on the beat and hung out in

Read more at: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/black-dahlia-red-rose-piu-eatwell-1090683.html

Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson chat about writing and murder

Sometimes writers write alone. But other times, they write together — as Sarah Reese Brennan and her friend Maureen Johnson did at a recent writing retreat. And while retreats might be a bit of a sacred space, Brennan and Johnson are pulling back the curtain for EW readers in this exclusive conversation they had while sitting across from each other with their laptops.

They discuss Brennan’s just-released book, In Other Landswhich follows a schoolboy named Elliot as he discovers a fantastical new world, and Johnson’s forthcoming Truly Devious series, out in January 2018, which centers on a haunted boarding school. Oh — and since Brennan is editing a murder mystery and Johnson is writing a murder mystery, they talk about that grisly but endlessly fascinating subject, too.

Check out their conversation, below:

In Conversation in Strange Lands: Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

SARAH: Hello Maureen. Let me set the scene for our readers. Is

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Author Writing Book About Murderous Author Arrested for Murder

After penning a series of successful novels in the 2000s, Chinese author Liu Yongbiao set out to ink a new true-crime novel called The Beautiful Writer Who Killed, about a “female writer who has killed many people, yet the cases remain unsolved.” Now it seems the successful writer may never get to tell that story, having been arrested last week in connection to an actual murder case that’s puzzled local authorities for more than two decades.

According to Chinese website Sixth Tone, Liu was arrested at his home on Friday under suspicion that he and an accomplice were involved in a gruesome botched robbery back in 1995. Police believe that the two suspects—Liu, 53, and a man named Wang, 65—initially went to a hostel in the city of Huzhou to rob its guests but ended up beating a man to death in the process, the Guardian reports.

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbvpm/a-chinese-true-crime-author-just-got-arrested-for-murder-vgtrn

Author Writing Book About Murderous Author Arrested for Murder …

After penning a series of successful novels in the 2000s, Chinese author Liu Yongbiao set out to ink a new true-crime novel called The Beautiful Writer Who Killed, about a “female writer who has killed many people, yet the cases remain unsolved.” Now it seems the successful writer may never get to tell that story, having been arrested last week in connection to an actual murder case that’s puzzled local authorities for more than two decades.

According to Chinese website Sixth Tone, Liu was arrested at his home on Friday under suspicion that he and an accomplice were involved in a gruesome botched robbery back in 1995. Police believe that the two suspects—Liu, 53, and a man named Wang, 65—initially went to a hostel in the city of Huzhou to rob its guests but ended up beating a man to death in the process, the Guardian reports.

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbvpm/a-chinese-true-crime-author-just-got-arrested-for-murder-vgtrn

Deadline for NZ’s coolest writing residency award extended to midnight

New Zealand writers – published and unpublished, sane and unsane – have until midnight to apply  for the writers residency at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland.

The deadline to apply for New Zealand literature’s coolest writing residency has been extended but not by much: writers have until midnight (Monday night, July 10) to send in their applications to the 2017 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency In Association With The Spinoff Award.

“Hurry,” said judges, who received 42 applications as of Saturday morning.

Grey Lynn’s Surrey Hotel – named the Best Hotel in Auckland by a well-known writer in the New Zealand Herald – will host a winner and two runners-up in the second annual residency award.

The winner receives week’s free accommodation at the Surrey along with free breakfast and free wifi. They will also pocket a cool $500 from The Spinoff. There is also be a second and third prize with less

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/10-07-2017/deadline-for-nzs-coolest-writing-residency-award-extended-to-midnight/

‘The President is Missing’: Bill Clinton writing thriller with James Patterson

Former President Bill Clinton is writing a novel with James Patterson with quite a bit of insider information.

“The President is Missing,” a thriller, will be released in June 2018 by rival publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. According to a press release, the book will feature “a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know.”

According to the Associated Press, “The President is Missing” will be the first work of fiction by Clinton, who previously wrote the best-selling biography “My Life.” He will, however, use his experience in the White House to help craft the new story.

“Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his firsthand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel,” Patterson said in a statement. “I’m a storyteller, and

Read more at: http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/bill_clinton_james_patterson_book_president_missing.html

James Patterson writing true-crime book about Aaron Hernandez

Barely a week after the American football star Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murder, the bestselling novelist James Patterson has announced he is writing a true-crime book about the case.

Due for release in 2018, the creator of the Alex Cross thrillers said he would track the rise of the player from humble origins through a $40m (£30m) professional football career to his conviction for murder in 2015 and his death at 27. In a statement, Patterson’s US publisher Little, Brown said: “The nonfiction book will investigate the dramatic rise and fall of the football star, who left behind a murder sentence, a young daughter, and shocking secrets.”

In 2015 the former New England Patriots’ player was convicted of shooting Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional footballer. Hernandez killed himself on 19 April, just days after he was cleared of an

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/28/james-patterson-writing-true-crime-book-about-aaron-hernandez