Peter James – Crime writing supremo talks about charting the plot

Peter James has sold over 20 million books, publishing across 37 languages. Many of them star DS Roy Grace, who is back in the new one ‘Find Them Dead’. We talk about how Peter’s writing routine and style has changed through the years, and what he now needs to know before he starts work.

You can hear how he charts the flow and beats of the story before he starts writing, and how ruthless editing helps him keep things tight, and keep the listener wanting more. ‘Find Them Dead’ sees Roy Grace on secondment with the Met Police, confronting a wave of drug gang violence and county lines crimes, and Peter tells us about the very first idea he got for the story, and how he expanded it before getting started.

Peter has some brilliant tips and advice for writers, and has pulled them together on his website, where he runs a great YouTube channel, so is the perfect guest for this show.

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