Thursday, 16 February 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Anna Mazzola

Welcome to a new feature on my blog called BEST OF CRIME, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share her BEST OF CRIME... 

Patricia Highsmith. Her novels are driven not just by their clever plots but also by their characters: lonely, amoral, sexually confused outsiders and mavericks.

Shallow Grave. Dark, bloody, bloody funny and featuring a young Ewan McGregor. Sigh.

Fargo, Series 1. Marvellously dark, funny and weird, and Billy Bob Thornton is perfection. Aces.

Grace Marks in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. Clever, cold, enigmatic and dryly humorous, rather like Atwood herself.

Nancy Drew, the icon of my youth. Only recently did I realise that the author, 'Carolyn Keene' was a generic term for a number of ghostwriters. I wish this job was still available.

The ashtray in Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests. She introduces it right at the beginning of the book, but I didn't notice until I reread it.

Patrick Bateman in a transparent mac axing Paul Allen while listening to Huey Lewis & The News. Obviously.

Old Bailey Online. A searchable edition of 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. It's where I found the transcript of the case of the Edgware Road murder (the case on which The Unseeing is based) and I've used it recently to search for cases involving witchcraft in the 19th century. A truly brilliant, and free, resource. 

There are so many writing tips out there that I've begun to suspect no one really knows anything. The only real rule is that you have to write, ideally every day, even if it what you write is terrible. I know so many people who say they just don't have time. None of us have time when we're starting out. You have to make sacrifice other things (TV, sleep, children). You have to get into the habit of writing.

Coffee coffee always coffee. I can't write without it. (Although sometimes I can't write with it either).

About Anna Mazzola
Anna Mazzola is a writer of historical crime fiction. The Unseeing is based on the life of a real woman called Sarah Gale who was convicted of aiding a murder in London in 1837. 
Anna has also written and published several short stories. She is currently working on a second historical crime novel about a collector of folklore and fairy tales on the Isle of Skye in 1857.
Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She began writing after taking a creative writing course with Literary Kitchen and later attended the Novel Studio at City University.
She lives in Camberwell, South London, with two small children, two cats, one husband and a lot of books.

Find out more about Anna on her website and follow Anna on Twitter - @Anna_Mazz

About The Unseeing

Publisher's description
Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola's THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Perfect for any reader of Sarah Waters or Antonia Hodgson.

After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she's hiding something, but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?

The Unseeing was published in paperback by Tinder Press on 26 January 2017.

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