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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!

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Always dreamed of writing crime fiction? I think I can help.

May 19, 2020

Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown has changed our lives in a way that none of us expected. It can also be a time for reflection. And perhaps new starts?

In a recent Facebook Live interview with Valerie Khoo from the Australian Writers Centre, I talked a bit about why I started writing thrillers and mysteries. It was one of those moments when I sat back and asked myself this question:

If I don’t try now to write a book, will I always regret it?

For me, the answer was, Yes. So I took the first steps and joined a creative writing class, just to see if I had any talent at all. I expected to fail. I was with other people who, like me, were riddled with self-doubt about our creative writing abilities. The class was fun. And informative. An idea for a thriller came to me over the following weeks and I knew I just had to write it. The only problem was that at the time there were very few genre-specific writing classes available and none that specialised in thriller writing. In the end, I found my own way by reading the great thriller authors and working out what they did to make their stories so enthralling.

Soon after my first novel, The Genesis Flaw, was published, I was approached by the Australian Writers Center and asked if I’d like to run their crime fiction and thriller writing class . I immediately agreed because I wanted to encourage new crime fiction authors and help them navigate around the pitfalls of writing their first book. Nine years later, I have run numerous workshops with the Australian Writers Centre and helped wonderful writers like Sarah Bailey, author of Where The Dead Go, and Shankari Chandran, author of The Barrier, develop their thriller writing skills.

If you have always thought about writing a crime-thriller novel, now is the time!

I’m running a 5-week online course on Zoom that starts Tuesday 26 May at 6:30pm AEST , and the following four classes are at the same time each Tuesday until the course ends. No matter what time zone you are in, I hope you will be able to join me. Even if you are based in the UK or Europe! If you are in the UK, you would diarise this course for Tuesday 26 May at 9:30am.

Oh and don’t forget my new thriller, Prey, is available in paperback and e-book from all major online bookstores including:

Amazon Australia


Amazon UK 

Fishpond NZ


Stay home, stay safe!

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GoodReads giveaway – congratulations to the winners!

My publisher ran a giveaway of four signed copies of my new thriller, Prey, with GoodReads and I’m delighted to announce the 4 winners:

Barb L, Betina T, Darlene M, Deishima B, congratulations!

Copies have been mailed to you, but they may take a few weeks, given they going from Australia to the USA and the postal services in both countries have been compromised by the global pandemic.

A big thank you to the 3,461 readers who entered the giveaway!


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Book Lover Book Reviews – a pandemic book launch

Thank you to Jo at Book Lover Book Reviews

Here is an extract from a blog post about launching my latest thriller during a global pandemic:

Smile! You’re having a book launch in a global pandemic

Having a book launch during a global pandemic doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. Yes, it means that public events are cancelled and media interviews are fewer and done remotely, but, and here’s the big but, book lovers, authors, bloggers and book sellers are doing everything they can to support authors like me who have a book launch during this global pandemic. It’s truly heartening. Maybe this wider community of book lovers will do more to encourage people to buy copies of Prey than the traditional talks and festivals have done in the past. Only time will tell.

Now that authors are unable to meet their readers face to face, we’re having to be inventive about how we reach people who would enjoy reading our books. Social media is the obvious was to spread the word. I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter for a while, then a friend suggested I should join Instagram too. Book bloggers are a Godsend. Their reviews are priceless. But so are the reviews readers place on the book seller’s sites, like Booktopia or, or on GoodReads.

This is a very stressful time for everyone. Going to the supermarket is like dicing with death. We’re having to adapt to new technology. We can’t get the hugs from friends we used to. We worry about loved ones. So, let’s be kind to each other and supportive. In NSW, we’re not in total lock-down yet. I can take the dogs for a walk which I find really therapeutic. It helps me clear away the cobwebs in my head. The only real potential issue for me writing my books during this pandemic is the inability to travel. I like to set my books in different countries and I often spend time in those countries to do research. I can’t do that now. Luckily, I have already done the research for my next two books and there’s always YouTube and Professor Google. So all up, I’m still smiling.

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