24 July 2016

Women Writing Crime by Liz Nugent - Lying In Wait blog tour

I'm very happy to be hosting today's stop on the blog tour for Liz Nugent's new thriller, Lying In Wait and to be welcoming Liz to the blog to talk about the rise in women writing crime fiction.

Women Writing Crime, by Liz Nugent

Crime has become a really broad genre in recent years, and whereas it used to mean police/ detective procedural, now it encompasses so much more. Thrillers, psychological suspense, spy novels, domestic noir, mystery, courtroom drama and the ‘whydunnit’ are all sub-genres within crime. The spectrum is very broad and the standard varies hugely.

The rise and rise of female crime writers is great to see. In Ireland, women currently outnumber men 5 to 1 in the genre. I’m not sure if it’s the same in the UK? These women are writing smart sassy gripping novels. I don’t know why women have really broken through in this genre in the last decade? Maybe there are so many of us now that we are impossible to ignore? There is strength in numbers. Our male counterparts have, by and large, welcomed us into the tribe. Remember that writers are also readers and we all want more books.

When Marian Keyes first coined the term ‘griplit’ to describe compelling page-turners, she used it as a compliment and she was not using it exclusively to describe the work of female writers, but now sadly, I have seen it used in a reductive way by some to dismiss and belittle the crime writing of women.

If there is a difference between the way men and women write, I’m afraid I don’t see it. Writing is not and never has been a competition between the sexes. All genders are capable of great work and terrible work. Our approach is as diverse as the human race allows. Tall people don’t write differently to short people and so it is with men, women and transgender individuals. We each apply our imagination to the page and some of us are lucky enough to get published. What a wonderful world! 

Lying in Wait

'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.'
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. However, there is one thing Lydia desperately yearns for to make her perfect family complete, and nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants...

This is a dark, twisty and utterly gripping domestic noir that you won’t be able to put down from the author hailed as Ireland’s answer to Gillian Flynn.

Praise for Lying in Wait

‘A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions. I devoured it in one sitting, it was impossible to stop reading.
A brilliantly written, stand-out novel’ Marian Keyes

‘Taut, crisp, clear, a storm-warning of a book. It has the eeriness of The Turn of the Screw; but as these screws turn, a mighty tension takes hold. Masterly’ Sebastian Barry

‘I absolutely loved it. I thought it impossible to match the brilliant Unravelling Oliver, but Liz has. She keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from page one until the completely unexpected ending’ Amanda Redman

‘A stunningly talented writer’ Sophie Hannah

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