Writing Crime

Through the course of my current degree I was focused on writing crime. This is because I love reading and watching crime. I have a number of crime writers that I adore.

I probably first discovered crime fiction as a teenager in Secondary/High school. I’m pretty sure my friend told me about a book she read by James Patterson called Jack & Jill. She lent it to me and I was hooked. So I read a number of James Pattersons Alex Cross novels.

The great thing about good crime fiction is that it’s almost always turned into a Movie or TV series at some point. I remember reading The Sculptress by Minette Walters a couple of years ago because as a child – probably aged 10 or 11, I watched The Sculptress ITV adaptation. Being so young and unfocused on TV I didn’t quite grasp the storyline. Especially because I think it was one of those 3 part dramas. However I always remembered the name of the show.

I always loved crime shows. I remember that I used to watch CSI New York and CSI Miami on my tiny bedroom TV. I loved Mac and Horatio. I used to watch The Bill when I was younger too and my interest in crime has always run deep.

I think I’d be a great detective. I have good instincts about the criminals. When I watched these TV shows I’d always offer a suggestion on who the killer was but not always why they were the killer.

As an adult, Crime Fiction is my first go to for books and when I find an author whose book I love, I then pretty much read whatever I can get my hands on by them. I especially love recurring characters. It started with James Patterson and his Alex Cross series. I’ve also read quite a few of Agatha Christies Miss Marple, I also adore Angela Marsons DI Kim Stone series. Currently I’m binging Cathy Reichs Temperance Brennan novels. You may recognise Temperance Brennan from the TV show Bones.

This is exactly why I wanted to write a few chapters which would hopefully lead to a crime book for my assignment for Genre Fiction at university. Unfortunately or fortunately – I can’t decide, but a few weeks ago I had a lecture regarding science fiction. Sci-fi is something I’ve never been very interested in. However, my tutor set us a task where we had to write/discuss something that was very close to our heart but integrate it into one of the many facets of Sci-fi.

I picked an issue which is very important to me and surprisingly I managed to turn it into a full plot and used my imagination to get it out there. As a result, I decided to write about the issue and integrated it into the contemporary Sci-fi genre. I began writing and did around 2000 of a 6000 word count. I then had my tutor read it and offer me any suggestions he may have had. I got great feedback and was pretty ecstatic at his comments.

In the afternoon that same day. A couple of hours after the feedback, we had a Guest Lecture with Nick Walker who is a TV crime writer. This was a Contemporary Crime lecture and just before the lecture I spoke to my brother who is my best friend. I told him I had a feeling that this lecture was going to sway me back to writing crime… I was right. The lecture was absolutely excellent 👌🏽

I asked Nick some questions and I guess maybe 20 minutes into the lecture I had decided that I was going to write crime fiction. I think it was evident to my fellow students that I had been turned. The lecture was excellent and very informative. There was loads to unpick and it was a little overwhelming at some points but it reinforced my need to write crime fiction. I guess this is the story of how a lecture actually caused me to change my mind when I was so set on something prior to it.

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Sumera Farman

Sumera Farman

Sumera believed she was born to be a journalist however she has since discovered she was born to write. Whether that was articles, poetry or creative writing. She graduated from the Open University with an Open Degree with English Modules. It was during her final year that her passion for writing was reignited and now she is Born to Write

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Sumera is currently studying for a MA in Professional Creative Writing. Her life motto is ‘You don’t truly fail until you stop trying.’

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