Guest Post: Meet Dave Sivers, Author of Dead in Deep Water

I’m delighted to be joined today by fellow author, Dave Sivers. I really enjoyed Dave’s first crime thriller, Scars Beneath the Soul, which introduced the detective partnership of Archer and Baines. He recently released the second in the series, Dead in Deep Water, and dropped by today to tell us a little more about his work and influences.

Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?

Murder may be easy, but it is never simple.

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A Book Club and a Butterfly Festival

It’s been a busy week. Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend the book club supper of the nearby Broughton Book Club to discuss their read of An Unfamiliar Murder. I’ve said this many a time, but one of the nicest things about writing novels is the wonderful people you meet and this evening was no exception. I was treated to home-cooked food in the manner of Moussaka and Lasagne, accompanied by fresh salad and a selection of very yummy puddings.

It really was a lovely relaxed evening talking books and writing. I was honoured to be invited back to their next meeting at a nearby pub (it seems their meetings always involve food – the perfect accompaniment to books in my opinion!) in October to talk about their next selection, The Truth Will Out. Already, I am looking forward to another evening of the same.

On Saturday I travelled up to Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with my dear friend and partner-in-crime writing, Glyn Timmins. It’s a four day event, running from Thursday to Sunday, however personal and family commitments meant I could only manage the Saturday. One of my Twitter friends likened attending this festival to a butterfly: everybody flitting about, trying to see and do as much as possible and I certainly felt the pressure of squeezing lots into my one day.

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A Lovely Day Out at Beaconlit Literary Festival 2014

Yesterday, I took the hour and a half drive to the picturesque Ivinghoe Village, in the heart of the Chilterns, for the Beacon Villages Festival of Books and Writing. I’d been to the festival last year and enjoyed the array of panels and workshops it offered. This year, it promised a wider choice of author talks, workshops and panels and I’d been invited to sit on the crime panel – my first one.

One of the nicest things about attending events like this is catching up with friends. Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my dear friend Ian Robinson, caught up with the lovely Anne Coates, Alison Bruce and Dave Sivers, and met long term Twitter friend Sue Nicholls in the flesh. And that’s without all the new friends that I chatted to along the way.

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