The Crime Writers’ Association

CWA authors in ‘Mug Shot’ video interviews through June

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A newly-launched initiative designed to showcase crime writers will feature in National Crime Reading Month in June with four authors talking about their craft and the publishing industry.

Launched in January, Mug Shots is run by Tall Tales Mysteries, a leading UK murder mystery company based in the Darlington area of County Durham, and features online interviews with popular crime fiction authors, which are posted free of charge each month.

National Crime Reading Month is a unique festival which is staged throughout the UK to promote the crime fiction and non-fiction genre and is hosted by the Crime Writers’ Association, in association with its sister organisation the Crime Readers’ Association.

Appearing on the Mug Shots website throughout National Crime Reading Month in June will be Anna Willett (Why crime?), C J Grayson (Getting the crime scene right), and CWA members John Dean (Reviews – are they important?) and Diane Dickson (Criminally good short stories)

Sara West, founder of Tall Tales Mysteries, said: “These interviews have been a fascinating look into the craft of crime writing and what goes on behind the scenes.

“I’ve loved chatting to the authors in our series and I’m sure readers will enjoy listening to what they have to say and perhaps even finding a new author to read.

“Knowing June was National Crime Readers Month I wanted to offer more great interviews and I think these four authors have great stories to tell.”

John Dean, who worked with Tall Tales Mysteries to help develop the Mug Shots programme of films, said: “National Crime Reading Month is a terrific initiative and I am delighted to be taking part. I’ll be addressing the issue of reviews and how to react to them!”

Author Anna Willett said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in National Crime Reading Month and discussing Why Crime?”

The films can be accessed at or through Mug Shots at


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