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KWL – Ep 177 – Writing Crime Fiction with Robert Craven

#177 – Writing Crime Fiction with Robert Craven

Crime fiction writer Robert Craven chats to us about how he writes strong female characters, his formula for writing and pitching a book and he provides insight into conferences available in the Ireland and the UK. He also discusses the common mistakes he sees in crime fiction novels.

Crime fiction writer Robert Craven chats to us about how he writes strong female characters, his formula for writing and pitching a book, and provides insight into the conference scene in the UK and Ireland. He also outlines the most common mistakes that he sees in crime fiction novels.

  • He shares details about the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, a conference geared specifically at crime fiction writers.
  • He tells us about how he incorporates research into his writing process
  • Robert also gives some pointers for how crime authors can avoid common pitfalls, and why he believes character-driven stories are more effective.
  • He explains how he uses social media to market.
  • And more!

Links of interest:

writing.ie – Irish online magazine offering resources for writers

Murder One Festival

Bloody Scotland Festival

Mick Herron’s Slough House Series

Olivia Kiernan’s novels


Robert Craven was born in Manchester and now lives in Dublin, Ireland. After a journeyman period of switching and working with small and Indie presses, he decided to take control of his own work in 2017 and re-released all the novels on independent platforms.

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