26 June 2009 0 Comments

Is the heat getting to me?

I’m taking a break of a couple of weeks between drafts of my latest novel. To clear my head and to allow my body to accustom itself to a step up in desert heat here in Jerusalem (it’s hard to concentrate the first day the temperature hits 35 degrees, particularly when you write standing up […]

24 May 2009 0 Comments

Acid-attacks, Crucifixions, and a new Patricia Cornwell: Caro Ramsay’s Writing Life interview

Caro Ramsay’s debut “Absolution” is one of the most disturbing thrillers you’ll ever read. It features a beautiful woman who’s the victim of an acid attack and a series of disembowelments in the “Crucifixion killings” of young women. Caro’s also from one of the roughest neighborhoods of Glasgow, where she sets her novels. Would it […]

12 May 2009 0 Comments

The Writing Life interview: Barbara Nadel

One of the jobs authors are required to perform to help promote their work is the strange task of procuring from other authors something called a “blurb”—the praise you’ll find on the back cover of books. They ought to come from authors whose readers might also be interested in your book–that’s the idea. In 2006, […]

11 July 2008 0 Comments

First Omar Yussef wins CWA dagger

My first Omar Yussef novel has won its first big prize. Last night in London, I was awarded the Crime Writers Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger. It’s the CWA’s award for a first novel. It’s a great thrill, recognition for my book and my work. The prize is a real dagger — I don’t […]

24 June 2008 0 Comments

‘Collaborator of Bethlehem’ nominated for Macavity Award

My first novel The Collaborator of Bethlehem (UK title The Bethlehem Murders) has been nominated for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery by Mystery Readers International. That’s now three awards for which the novel has been nominated in the last two weeks alone, including the CWA John Creasey Dagger and the Barry Award. For […]

2 June 2007 0 Comments

"Collaborator" nominated for Quill Award

My debut novel The Collaborator of Bethlehem has been shortlisted for this year’s Quill Award in the Mystery/Suspense category. My book is nominated alongside four others, including Michael Connelly’s latest, competing for a prize that was won last year by Janet Evanovitch. It’s thrilling to get this kind of recognition and to note that, while […]