Sisters in Crime celebrated its 30th birthday at the magnificent new Victorian Pride Centre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda on Saturday (23 April). The building resounded with the voices of nearly a hundred Sisters in Crime and Brothers-in-Law belting out the chorus of “Sisters are writin’ it for themselves”.
I’ve learned to keep going and get the words down, even when I feel under the pump, knowing I can always come back and edit later. And I’ve learned that research can be a rabbit hole! I spent days reading about witness protection in the UK, first-hand accounts of it, legislation, and how it works. It was fascinating though.
Sue Williams has an unusual background for a crime writer. She has a PhD in marine biology and has worked as a science writer and chartered accountant. Her four novels featuring Cass Tuplin are set in the tiny town of Rusty Bore in the Mallee. Cass’s café might sell fish and chips but it’s a hell of a long way from the sea … Her latest book is Death at the Belvedere (just out with Text Publishing).
One of the silver linings of two terrible years of lockdowns has been Zoom which has allowed Sisters in Crime to feature authors from all over Australia and parts beyond. It has enabled us to reach a national and indeed global audience, and to hold AGMs such as this where all members can participate, irrespective of geographical location. Temporarily, at least, we have overcome the tyranny of distance.
For the June Crime Stack, Affirm Press has kindly offered 20 copies of The Shadow House, a haunting psychological thriller from Anne Downes. When single mother Alex flees her abusive relationship and moves with her teenage son and baby girl to a rural ecovillage, she thinks she’s made the best decision of her life. But her arrival at Pine Ridge disturbs barely submerged secrets and this time there may be nowhere else to run.