Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Guest Post & INT Giveaway: Kerry Wilkinson on Writing Crime & Fantasy

The Difference Between Writing Crime and Writing Silver

It's hard to define my day job. Depending on whether or not it's raining, it could be any or all of freelance journalist, amateur cyclist, TV-watcher, slow cooker enthusiast, old-man-napping-on-the-sofa, or - of course - author.

When it comes to writing, most of my time is given over to creating crime novels. I have the Jessica Daniel series, the Andrew Hunter series and other standalones with which to keep myself going. Because three books a year simply isn't enough and crime - fictional or otherwise - is far from my primary passion, sometimes I find my mind drifting.

I do enjoy writing crime, the characters, the situations - but it is limiting in the sense that it's set in the real world. I've always wanted to write a crime book where, just as the big reveal is about to happen near the end, aliens invade and everyone realises there are much bigger issues afoot. It would amuse me but, my word, would it annoy readers! Justifiably. 

Anyway, it is those mind-wanders of future technology, alternate worlds and so on that means it's liberating to step away from the real world and try something else.

The Silver Blackthorn series came from that. I'd written five, perhaps six, Jessica books more or less back to back and my mind craved something new.

Growing up, I'd always been into science fiction, fantasy and dystopia and so creating something within that genre was always likely to happen sooner or later.

It's also emancipating to think beyond the 'real' world. Setting the series in the near-ish future allowed me to create whatever sci-fi type of future technology I wanted. It allowed me to build a world without having it be too different from our present-day one.

Beyond that, of course, books - good ones at least - should always be about people. A writer can have the greatest imagination that brims with ideas and creations - but if he or she can't write characters, there's not much chance for a connection to readers. In short, why bother?

Fortunately for me, the reaction to Silver from her first appearance in Reckoning has been incredibly touching. I've had lots of people contacting me in various ways to talk about her and her gang of friends. I even had a pregnant woman email to say she and her partner were thinking of calling their child Silver!

I loved writing Reckoning, Renegade and Resurgence and frequently miss Silver, which, I suppose, is the spur to get on and create something else. Either that or I'll write aliens or mutant dinosaurs into one of my crime books.

About the Author

Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.

He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west. 


I have 2 copies of Renegade to give away, or if you would prefer, a copy of the first book, Reckoning! Just fill in the rafflecopter, it's open internationally too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hi!
    this is a new author to me so it was interesting to see his point of view. I would love a copy of the first book ( in you text about the giveaway you put 2 copies with the title of book 1 isntead of book 2 like in teh rafflecopter)

    i'm international

    Thank you!


  2. One so easily assumes that most YA authors are female. Add the first name. *cough* But obviously it's about the talent of storytelling, not the gender! :-)

    I'm international!

  3. The Silver Blackthorn series sounds amazing!


  4. This series sounds awesome!!! :D
    I'm Texas er, international!

  5. Thanks a lot!
    I'm international.

  6. I actually haven't read book 1 yet, so if I won I'd ask for that one

    I'm international: Belgium
    (Jamie Coudeville in the rafflecopter)

  7. This is a really awesome series!!! Thank you so much!! ;)
    I'm international eleonorerigby24@yahoo.it

  8. International
    Thanks for the chance!
    (Valentina -on the raffle)

  9. I am International

    Betul E.

  10. thanks for the giveaway! international (Brazil)

  11. I'm International....USA
    I would love to read the first book

    videoclimber AT yahoo DOT com

  12. Based on the cover this looks like an awesome series I'll really like.
    ksarah26(at)aol(dot)com (International:USA)

  13. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I hope to be the winner! :)

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  16. I can't wait to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway! I've got the first book in the series but i'm hoping to marathon it ;)
    I'm UK :)

  17. This sounds like a fantastic series, thanks for the chance. I'm International
    elfgurl3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. This is the first time I've heard of this series. I would love to get a copy of the first book! Thank you very much for the chance! :) Greetings from Belgium ;)

  19. International (US). I would prefer not to post my email publicly.


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