Sisters on the airwaves & screen

Liane Moriarty, who won Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Award (Best Adult Novel) this year for Big Little Lies, has a new role – producer of the  series of her book which has Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon as executive producers at HBO, following a bidding war with Netflix.

The two actors also have starring roles and apparently saw what they describe as “a twisty thriller/soap” as a potential feature film before pitching it as a TV drama. The script is by David E Kelley, whose crime credits include The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal. Click here to read the Sisters in Crime’s review.

Kate Oliveri, from East Lismore couldn’t make it to the Scarlet Stiletto Awards on 28 November as she was organising a big event herself. It was a great shame as she took out both the Echo Publishing Second Prize ($1000) and the Queensland Chapter’s Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist ($400) for “Anna Parker: Here Comes the PI”. Kate is a public servant and now plans to write a novel about Anna Parker, who is both a wedding planner and sleuth, and just happens to have cerebral palsy.

Luckily, Joanne Shoebridge from ABC Far North Coast interviewed Kate on 2 December. The file is too big to attach but we’ll try to work out a solution. Stay posted.

Candice Fox, who has won two Ned Kelly Awards and this year’s Davitt Award (Debut), spoke eloquently to Kate Evans on Radio National about Fall, the latest in her crime series. Luckily fro Sistes in Crime members in Melbourne, she’ll be speaking on a panel at 8pm, Friday 26 February at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel.

According to RN, Fox’s novels are full of damaged children. So was her life. She grew up in a household that took in many foster children, some of whom had survived all sorts of trauma. What might that do to you, she wondered?

Fox took this speculation, and used it as the basis for her crime fiction. Her central character Eden was very young when her parents were murdered. She was taken in, along with her brother, by a man known as Hades, a criminal overlord of Sydney, who buries bodies at the landfill he owns, while also creating sculpture from discarded objects. What he made of the discarded children he found is part of the mystery of the series.

To listen to the interview, click here. You can listen online to mid-January or download to your pod anytime.