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August 29, 2009

MWF – Part 2

Filed under: Events/appearances — Tags: , , , , — PD Martin @ 5:10 am

Late again with my blog. In my defence, I was busy preparing for my part in the Ned Kelly Awards last night. It also marked my last appearance at this year’s Melbourne Writers’ Festival. And I’m well and truly exhausted.

But first off, and the winners are:

  • Best first novel GHOSTLINES by Nick Gadd
  • Best fiction DEEP WATER, by Peter Corris and SMOKE & MIRRORS by Kel Robertson
  • Best true crime THE TALL MAN by Chloe Hooper
  • Lifetime achievement award – Shane Maloney

The night was in the very capable (and funny) hands of Jane Clifton – and started with the traditional debate. This year’s topic was Women do it Better. You can read the article on the debate (which I was part of) in the news section of this website. The actual award presentations featured some wonderful acceptance speeches and great banter between Peter Corris and Shane Maloney as Peter presented Shane with the lifetime achievement award.

Last Saturday I also took part in my second MWF panel, X-Rated. In this session, Garry Disher, Philip McLaren and I discussed how far crime writers can go with moderator Peter Lawrance. The session went really well, and brought up some interesting questions on the crime writer’s role in society’s exposure to violence.

During the week I also managed to attend to two sessions – one on digital marketing and one on the US publishing scene. Both were informative and engaging.

Then last night my festival journey came to an end and I collapsed into my bed (from tiredness, not too much wine) just before midnight. I’ve only got the weekend to recover because on Monday Sophie’s back home for another round of edits!

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August 21, 2009

MWF – Part 1

Filed under: Events/appearances — Tags: , , , , — PD Martin @ 5:07 am

First off, sorry there was no blog last week – a few technical hitches my end.

Today was my first session at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. My panel topic – Who knew crime was this sassy? The session was chaired by Elly Varenti and the other panellists were Kerry Greenwood and Lisa Lutz.

Let me tell you, you couldn’t get a more diverse range of authors and leading ladies! Having read both Kerry’s and Lisa’s latest books in the lead up – Murder on a Midsummer Night and Revenge of the Spellmans – I was armed and ready to discuss our work.

Kerry’s heroine, Phryne Fisher, is an extremely modern woman for her era – the 1920s in Melbourne. Who knew people drank so much in the 1920s?? Phryne is a self-funded socialite who also takes on PI cases and is definitely an engaging character. In this book she investigates an accidental drowning on behalf of the victim’s mother, who’s sure her son didn’t take his own life. On the side, Phryne’s also looking for an illegitimate child of a wealthy family. The book is classy and entertaining!

Lisa’s leading lady, Isabel Spellman, is a PI who’s on a career break – but takes on a “small” case of suspected adultery, which turns out to be more complicated than it first appeared. While Isabel’s tailing her mark, she’s also investigating a few family mysteries, such as her brother’s vacation, her sister’s PSAT scores and a mysterious blackmailer. Revenge of the Spellmans is a thoroughly entertaining novel that had me laughing out aloud !

Obviously neither of these women is like Sophie, which made for an interesting panel discussion. We talked about our different settings, our heroines, our research …the list went on. It was a great panel, and lots of fun!

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July 25, 2009

Event madness

Filed under: Writing — Tags: , , , , — PD Martin @ 5:02 am

It’s event madness for me at the moment (plus editing of course).

Last Friday night I was in Foster for an author talk, and then headed back on Saturday to catch some other authors talking about their books and work at The Crime and Justice Festival. In the end, I only went to two sessions – one on the criminal mind (right up my alley) and one on being an undercover cop in the mafia. Really enjoyed both and was dying to see more on Sunday, but decided I should focus on editing.

I’ve got a few other events coming up:

August will be busy! But for now, I must focus on edits…10 days until my deadline – ahhh!!!

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