The Riff Raff Podcast #22 - Will Dean


Amy and I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Will Dean, author of Dark Pines, a Scandi-Noir crime thriller that sees journalist Tuva Moodyson attempt to solve a murder in the ominous depths of a Swedish forest.

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Will tells us how a bad first attempt at a novel – which is now languishing, unpublished, in a giant drawer – prompted him to strip back his writing process for his debut novel.

We discuss how he immersed himself in his book's setting, the mechanics of writing a suspense-filled murder mystery and how Will created a character that is a million miles away from himself.

Will also wins our on-going competition for the first draft completed in the quickest time – four weeks, written in his son's nap time – as well as our new contest, for most extreme/terrifying way of disposing of unwanted drafts. Want to find out how he does it..?

Links:

Faber writing course

Curtis Brown writing course

Kashuo Ishiguro The Crash – Guardian feature

Felicia Yap

Definitely Girly

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Amanda Reynolds

Irvine Welsh

Stephen King

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