Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m really excited to be posting my write-up of the book event I attended last week: The Orenda Roadshow in Waterstones, Birmingham. The evening featured a panel of 14 different crime authors, all of whom are published by Orenda Books. The evening began with an introduction to the authors, who were given a minute to “pitch” their novels. Then they were randomly selected to read a passage from their novels.This was followed by a Q&A with questions from the audience. And finally, there was time to get your books signed and chat with the authors! It was a fantastic, interesting evening, and I’ve come away with a few books to add to my wish-list! So, keep reading…
Simone Buchholz (Germany).
Simona Buchholz is a best-selling Crime/Thriller writer, and is going to be the guest of honour at this year’s London Book Fair. Her latest book, ‘Beton Rouge’, was released on 28th December 2018, and is the second book in the “Chastity Riley” series. You can find more info on the book here.
Michael J. Malone (Scotland).
Michael J. Malone is a poet and writer of Psychological Thriller novels. He is a regular reviewer for the crime fiction website Crime Squad, and writes his own blog named May Contain Nuts. His latest book, ‘After He Died’, was released on 29th July 2018. You can find more info on the book here.
Lilja Sigurdardottir (Iceland).
Lilja Sigurdardottir is an Icelandic Crime-writer and playwright. Her latest novel, ‘Trap’, was released on 18th October 2018, and is the second book in the “Reykjavik Noir” series. The film rights for the series have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. You can find more info on the book here.
Louise Voss (UK).
Louise Voss is a writer of Domestic/Psychological Thrillers. She has written solo and has also written with Mark Edwards in the past. Her latest novel, ‘The Old You’, was released on 15th May 2018. You can find more info on the book here.
Johana Gustawsson (France).
Johana Gustawsson is a French Crime/Thriller writer. Her latest novel, ‘Keeper’, was released on 28th April 2018, and is the second book in the critically-acclaimed “Roy & Castells” series. A TV-adaptation of the series is currently underway. You can find more info on the book here.
Kjell Ola Dahl (Norway).
Kjell Ola Dahl’s books have won numerous literary and Crime Fiction prizes in Norway, and he is described as “one of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre”. His latest book, ‘The Courier’, was released on 21st January 2019. You can find more info on the book here.
Matt Wesolowski (UK).
Matt Wesolowski is a writer of Horror stories from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England, UK. His latest book, ‘Changeling’, was released on 24th January 2019, and is the third in the “Six Stories” series. TV rights to his debut have been sold to a major Hollywood studio. You can find more info on the book here.
Louise Beech (UK).
Louise Beech has been described as a author who writes every book in a different genre. Her latest novel, ‘Call Me Star Girl’, was released on 18th February 2019, and is her first Psychological Thriller. You can find more info on the book here.
West Camel (UK).
West Camel is a writer and editor at Orenda Books. He has written several scripts that have received various awards, and a novel. His debut novel, ‘Attend’, was released on 13th December 2018. You can find more info on the book here.
Will Carver (UK).
Will Carver is a writer of Psychological Thrillers. He returned after many years away from writing with his latest novel, ‘Good Samaritans’, which was released on 15th November 2018. You can find more info on the book here.
Steph Broadribb (UK).
Steph Broadribb is a writer of novels and blogs as Crime Thriller Girl. She trained as a bounty hunter, which inspired her books. Her latest novel, ‘Deep Dirty Truth’, was released on 24th January 2019, and is the third book in the “Lori Anderson” series. You can find more info on the book here.
Thomas Enger (Norway).
Thomas Enger is a writer of Crime Fiction, and rights to his “Henning Juul” series were sold in 28 countries. His latest novel, ‘Inborn’, was released on 22nd January 2019. It started off as a Young Adult novel, but also contains some Adult elements. You can find more info on the book here.
Helen Fitzgerald (Australia/Scotland).
Helen Fitzgerald is the author of various Psychological Thrillers including ‘The Cry’, which was a major BBC-drama last year. Her latest book, ‘Worst Case Scenario’, was released on 16th March 2019. You can find more info on the book here.
Antti Toumainen (Finland).
Antti Toumainen has been described as the “King of Helsinki Noir”. His latest book, ‘Palm Beach Finland’, was released on 30th August 2018, and Toumainen has since been described as “the funniest writer in Europe”. You can find more info on the book here.
1. How do you feel about having your books translated into other languages?
Lilja – “It’s not your text but your story”
Simone – “When translated to English, it opens up the market … new piece of art”
Karen (editor) – “We [Orenda Books] need to add more cultural references, as the authors have written for their own people/cultures … transporting readers to other countries”
2. [Directed at Louise Voss] Why did you choose to write a novel about dementia?
Louise – “My mother had dementia, and in the early stages of her dementia, my mother believed her own “truths” … If I could give some advice, it would be to go along with it. This is the premise that I used in my book – the ability to manipulate truths”.
3. [Directed at Matt Wesolowski] How did your Six Stories series come about?
Matt – “It was only ever meant to be one story at first … then I listened to a true crime podcast, and I just had to write a second. The second one then opened up many more possibilities…”
4. [Directed at Michael J. Malone] Why did you choose to write about domestic violence against men?
Michael – “I once heard a man talking about his wife who regularly beat him up. I then went and did a lot of research, and discovered that this happens a lot … I then began to meet many men who had been abused. It’s an important story that has to be told”.
Happy reading 🙂