I’ve just added another event to my busy calendar for 2019 – CrimeFest.
This annual event, held in Bristol, is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. It has not only become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but is also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar.
It’s been a busy week. As well as editing book two (nearly finished my second draft!), I gave a talk to the Avon Federation of Women’s Institutes and co-presented a WriteClub workshop.
How are you celebrating World Book Day on March 7?
I’ll be in Bristol chatting all things If I Die Before I Wake at Alchemy Bar on Gloucester Road as part of a pop-up bookshop run by Page 53.
Join myself and fellow crime writer C L Taylor as we discuss our latest books and the art of writing suspense.
C L Taylor and Emily Koch
I’m delighted to announce that I will be returning to WriteClub to help run a masterclass in February 2019.
The Sparks and Flames masterclass will take place on Saturday, February 16 from 10-1pm in Bristol and you can book your place here – hurry, spaces are limited!
I’ve had a quieter few weeks cracking on with book two (I’m 25% through the first draft!) so it was lovely to get out to chat about If I Die Before I Wake again this week.
I did an event as part of The Bath Festival with fellow debut authors Guy Gunaratne and Kim Sherwood and we had a great evening discussing our roads to publication, our writing processes, inspirations and everything else in between.
World Book Night is coming up at the end of this month and I am thrilled to be taking part.
I will be appearing alongside Joff Winterhart and Yasmeen Ismail at Bristol Central Library on April 23.
How do you go about researching for a novel?
If you’re interested in hearing about how I researched If I Die Before I Wake – and what my top tips are for researching – come along to a talk I am giving as part of Novel Nights in Bristol in July.
I’m delighted to announce that I will be appearing at The Bath Festival in May to talk about If I Die Before I Wake.
Joining me will be debut novelists Kim Sherwood (author of Testament) and Guy Gunaratne (author of In Our Mad And Furious City).
I’ve just got back from another little trip to London for an evening event at Foyles Charing Cross, alongside debut authors Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht.
It was a lovely event, chaired by Alex Clark, and there were some great questions from the audience at the end! I especially loved meeting people who came to get a copy of If I Die Before I Wake signed, and chatting to some of them about their own writing projects. One woman said she felt inspired by the event, which reminded me of how I have felt after hearing other writers talk. If you’re an aspiring writer, and have never been to listen to others talk – do it! It is a really energising thing to do.