Mug Shots

Mug Shots

Mug Shots is our series of interviews with crime writers.

Throughout this year we’ll be talking to authors including Diamond Dagger award winning writer Martin Edwards, best seller Leigh Russell and Margaret Murphy, winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger In The Library.

But we’re also introducing you to writers you may not have met yet who have hit best seller lists on Amazon but are not household names such as John Dean, author of 20+ books and our first Mug Shot David Pearson whose books are set in Ireland.

Our Mug Shots series of interviews can all be found on Youtube so you can listen to them at your leisure. Plus we’ve broken them into shorter bite-size interviews to make it easier to listen whenever you’re ready.

Let’s get started.

Meet crime writer David Pearson

February 2021

David Pearson is the first of our line-up of crime writers in our Mug Shots series. A fascinating author with 14 books to his name and all written in the last four years.

See our blog here.

Discover our video interviews here.

David was a late starter, turning to writing fiction as he retired in 2017 and really as a way to keep out from under his wife’s feet but since then he has turned into a prolific writer of crime with 14 novels to his name and another with his publisher for editing and proofreading.

Read more here

March 2021

Priscilla Masters earned her first publishing contract in the early 90s and her 15th book in her Det Insp Joanna Piercy series is out soon.

She’s also the creator of the Martha Gunn series and has written several standalone medical-based plots.

You can read our blog here.

And take a look at our video interviews here.

Our interviews cover her books, her work as the CWA’s libraries champion and her latest book The Subsequent Wife that she wasn’t sure would ever be published.



Crime writer Martin Edwards

April 2021

Crime writer Martin Edwards earned the prestigious Diamond Dagger Award in 2020 from the Crime Writers Association and in April he talked to us about his books, his career and gave us an insight into how he creates his characters. It’s fascinating.

Martin is also the current president of The Detection Club, following in the footsteps of such greats as G K Chesterton, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers.

You can find his video interviews here.


May 2021

Meet author Bud Craig and discover what he has to tell you about his books and the importance of creating a sense of place in your stories.

Bud has books set in two different locations and he has approached them differently too.

Discover his interview here

Mug Shots with Bud Craig

June 2021 and National Crime Reading Month

June is National Crime Reading Month so we’ve put together a series of four interviews with crime writers to mark the occasion.

Discover what authors Anna Willett, Diane M Dickson, CJ Grayson and best selling novelist John Dean have to say about their work and their top tips for writing here.

Just click their Mug Shot photo to find their video interview.


Crime writer Anna Willett
Crime writer C J Grayson
Crime writer Diane M Dickson
Crime writer John Dean

Anna Willett

In her Mug Shots interview Anna discusses why crime is so popular and how a crime writer needs to find a way to make their mark in a crowded marketplace.

C J Grayson

Self-published crime writer C J Grayson gives tips on self-publishing and talks about how he approaches the crime scenes in his books.

Diane M Dickson

Diane M Dickson talks about criminally good short stories and what comes next when you’ve written one. Don’t leave it in the desk drawer!

John Dean

John Dean talks about reviews of books and why they’re so important for readers and writers. Should you be leaving reviews on books you love?