Anne Buist: Crime-writer, psychiatrist, researcher, professor and erotic novelist

Melbourne-based author, Anne Buist, was on the (metaphorical) couch for this week’s episode of Murder Mondays, talking about the craft of crime writing to Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime.

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Anne is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, with over 30 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry.

She’s also the author of three novels in the Natalie King, forensic psychiatrist series: Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For (all published by Text Publishing). Both Media’s Curse and This I Would Kill For were shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.

Her latest novel, The Long Shadow (Text Publishing), is a stand-alone psychological thriller, set in the country where a new-to-town psychologist (and mum) is running a mother-baby therapy group.

With her husband Graeme Simsion (author of the Rosie project series), she co-wrote the novel Two Steps Forward. Before embarking on a life of crime, Anne wrote ten novels and novellas of erotic fiction (published by Siren Bookstrand) under the pseudonym Simone Sinna, an anagram of her married name, Anne Simsion.

Medea’s Curse has been optioned by Causeway Films and Two Steps Forward by Fox Searchlight with Ellen DeGeneres‘ A Very Good Production to produce.

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