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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

Larkin's Latest

Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

Campbelltown City library talk

October 29, 2012

Join me at 7pm on Wednesday 7th November at Campbelltown City Library when I will be talking about how an author researches a story, my time in Antarctica, and how those experiences informed my latest thriller, THIRST. I will be showing some images from Antarctica – penguins and all!This is a free event and light refreshment is provided. I hope to see you there!

Location: Corner of Hurley Street and Camden Road

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I take my hat off to great teaching

I was privileged to give at talk at St Kevins primary school recently and the Northern District Times has done a lovely news piece on the day. I take my hat off to the insightful teaching at Brett Salakis who encourages his young students to problem-solve and to think about what might be issues of the future. I was there talking about Antarctica and climate change as one of the threats facing this huge continent, and indeed the whole planet. The children were really enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I came away feeling that there really is hope we can solve the weighty issues facing us all. St Kevins appears ready for the challenge.

To read the story click here.

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radio marinara

October 25, 2012

Thanks to Bron for a great chat on 3RRR on 21st October at 9:30am, about Thirst, my time in Antarctica and what I discovered about ice and Antarctica’s oceans…

Follow this link to the Podcast. As this is of the whole morning show, you can find the start of the interview by forwarding to 23:01 and clicking play. Enjoy!

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last thriller writing course of the year starts tomorrow evening

October 24, 2012





If you have been thinking about trying your hand at thriller writing, then take the plunge and enroll in the Sydney Writers’ Centre’s last thriller writing course of the year, which kicks off tomorrow evening at 6:30pm and runs for 5 weeks. By Christmas you could be on your way to writing a best-selling thriller!

If you come along you’ll learn:

  • the eight “must haves” of a good thriller
  • how to find the story you want to tell
  • story structure, and how to incorporate key turning points
  • character creation – attributes, motivations
  • how to craft the all important opening lines
  • the dos and don’ts of action scenes
  • building pace and suspense
  • how to craft a satisfying climax
  • what literary agents/publishers look for in a thriller. 

Here’s a link to the site and I very much hope you will join me:

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