Belinda Bauer: Room 101

When I hear these things, I have to bite my lip. Or have a rant – as the mood takes me…

I don’t read crime fiction

Yeah, you do.

Everybody reads crime fiction, because most books have some element of crime. You may not read books that are sold as crime fiction, but that’s just semantics. In essence we have all grown up reading crime. To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Jane Eyre – all these and many more would be marketed as crime novels today, and Charles Dickens would have been a standing dish at Harrogate! It’s a shame when people deny themselves an entire genre – especially one that’s so vibrant and diverse.

That would never happen

This is the most annoying thing that anybody ever says to me. Because everything could happen and often already has. In reality, people are capable of absolutely anything so why not in fiction, as long as a character is properly equipped and well motivated? I believe that so many criminals get away with so many crimes for so long, simply because people in positions of authority cannot imagine that they could behave they way they do. I, on the other hand, live in a perpetual state of suspicion about everybody and everything.

Maybe ignorance is bliss…

Why Not Be A Writer?

We’ve all seen this long-running advert for writing courses and it drives me absolutely nuts! Every time I see it I think I’m going to have a stroke. Don’t get me wrong – I’d love everybody to be a writer, and have also attended my fair share of courses and workshops, and found them inspiring. But this ad’s breezy contention that making money from writing is easy, and to be learned in a few weeks on a correspondence course, raises unrealistic hopes – and demeans every person who has ever slaved over a piece of professional writing, from a local newspaper report, to a best-seller.

Why not be a writer? See me for a list!

Belinda Bauer

Belinda’s The Facts of Life and Death has been shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

To find out more on the 2015 Award Click Here.