My highlights from Crimefest 2016 – meeting on-line friends in real life, chatting with fellow indie authors and attending numerous interesting panels – if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know which ones those were as I tweeted pictures from every one I attended!

During this festival, I met two of my favourite authors: Alison Bruce and Kate Rhodes.

Alison Bruce is the author of the DC Gary Goodhew series which is set in Cambridge.

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Kate Rhodes’s protagonist is psychologist, Alice Quentin, and her series is set in London.

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I absolutely love these two character-driven series with their strong but flawed protagonists and getting to know them a bit more through each story.

I met on-line friends Anne Coates and Rebecca Bradley for the first time. This is Rebecca’s photo. I’m so glad she took it. It is a lovely photo of the three of us. Thank you, Rebecca!

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I also met Louise Mangos too for the first time in real life !

Here she is with Mike Linane, Alison Baillie-Taylor and Bernie Steadman.

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And with Vicky Newham later on before the Gala Dinner.

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I enjoyed attending a couple of Spotlight sessions this year – David Penny‘s session on Death in Crime Fiction: past, present and future, and Kat Hall’s  (aka Mrs Peabody) session on Hidden Gems of German Crime Fiction.

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And I was delighted to hear Claudia Piñeiro from Argentina speak about her new book, Betty Boo.

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So, that’s it for Crimefest 2016. It’s been another fabulous event, and I’ve come home invigorated, just in the right frame of mind to crack on with my own writing now!

I write novels - standalone and series - in a number of genres. My main aims are to present strong, developing central characters and to set their stories within realistic other worlds into which you can escape. I hope you enjoy.

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