The Hobcast Book Show
Episode 28: Harrogate Festival special - featuring Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and S J Parris

Episode 28: Harrogate Festival special - featuring Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and S J Parris

July 26, 2021

It's back! The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival survived months of uncertainty to return to Harrogate in spectacular fashion, and the Hobcast was there to join in the fun. In this week's bumper episode, we speak to the godfather of British crime fiction Ian Rankin about the challenge of finishing another writer's work. S J Parris reflects on how the pandemic has affected her creative process, and Mark Billingham reveals some of the secrets of what happens when the UK's leading crime authors meet at the bar. Plus Adrian and Rebecca speak to the inspirational Martyn Waites about his work in prisons helping inmates to find their voice. It's Hobeck Books on tour, Harrogate-style!

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Episode 27: The secrets of a series - with Leigh Russell

Episode 27: The secrets of a series - with Leigh Russell

July 19, 2021

Twelve years since her first novel was published, Leigh Russell has established herself as one of the UK's leading crime authors, selling almost two million books. She's published fourteen novels in her Geraldine Steel series, and successfully launched two spin-off series too. As Leigh admits in her inspirational interview with Adrian and Rebecca, she's probably made every mistake there is to make, but her passion for writing is undimmed. 

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Episode 26: Bloody Scotland - ten years of criminally fine fiction - with Bob McDevitt

Episode 26: Bloody Scotland - ten years of criminally fine fiction - with Bob McDevitt

July 12, 2021

In the past few years Tartan Noir has become one of the dominant forces in UK crime fiction, with Ian Rankin and Val McDiarmid leading the charge up the charts. At the core of this movement is the Bloody Scotland festival, now entering its tenth year. With its two major awards, the McIlvaney Prize and the Debut award, Bloody Scotland has helped launch the careers of some of the most innovative and successful authors in the world. Bob McDevitt is the festival director, and he joins Rebecca and Adrian to explain the challenges of keeping the festival alive during the pandemic, whilst continuing to expand the influence of the Bloody Scotland organisation. 

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Episode 25: From family sagas to crime. Switching genres with Terri Nixon

Episode 25: From family sagas to crime. Switching genres with Terri Nixon

July 5, 2021

How difficult is it to master a new genre when you've built your writing career around another? That's the challenge that faced our guest on The Hobcast Book Show this week, Terri Nixon. She publishes Crossfire with Hobeck Books this week, after establishing herself as one of the leading authors in the UK of family sagas. She's also a leading fantasy writer. So what made her add crime to her portfolio of genres? 

Also this week, Adrian and Rebecca reflect on some key issues making waves in publishing, including an apology from the Old Peculier Crime Writing festival in Harrogate for failing to include any female authors of colour on their festival programme. There's further good news for Hobeck author Mark Wightman, and Adrian reveals how Martina Navratilova once shared details about her love life while they commentated together at Wimbledon for the BBC. All that and more in the Hobcast.

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Episode 24: The future of publishing - with Jenny Parrott (part 2)

Episode 24: The future of publishing - with Jenny Parrott (part 2)

June 28, 2021

In this week's episode, we hear again from Jenny Parrott in the second part of an interview first featured in episode 17 of The Hobcast Book Show from Hobeck Books, and discuss the impact of technology on the publishing industry, and what it means for authors. Adrian and Rebecca reflect on the growing campaign from literary agents for a fairer deal for their clients from audiobook royalties, and they discuss how losing the internet for 24 hours had some unexpected benefits.

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Episode 23: Second time around - with Alison Morgan

Episode 23: Second time around - with Alison Morgan

June 21, 2021

This week, The Hobcast Book Show speaks to Alison Morgan on the eve of the publication of the second of her Quirk Files Series novel, ThrottledWhat are the challenges to overcome second time around? How has she avoided the pitfalls of sequel syndrome? And what obstacles has Alison faced narrating the first novel in the series, Over Her Dead BodyAdrian and Rebecca also discuss the exciting news that Mark Wightman's debut Hobeck novel Waking The Tiger has been long-listed for the prestigious McIlvaney prize for best Scottish Crime novel, and reveal the challenges and opportunities that accolade has brought Hobeck Books this week.

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Episode 22: It’s an actor’s (and writer’s) life for me - with Judi Daykin

Episode 22: It’s an actor’s (and writer’s) life for me - with Judi Daykin

June 14, 2021

Don't we all want to pursue our dreams? Jack in the day job, and follow our heart? Judi Daykin has done just that, leaving a safe job in computing to study acting in her late 30's. Twenty-plus years later, she's not only a successful actor, she runs her own theatre company, and now a best-selling author of crime novels based in her home county, Norfolk. Judi has now added audiobook narration to her portfolio career, working with Hobeck Books to bring Wendy Turbin's Sleeping Dogs to audio. Also this week, Adrian and Rebecca discuss plans to allow authors to take royalties from second-hand book sales, a Waterstones profit plunge, and our plans to make a splash at the Harrogate Crime Festival.

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Episode 21: It’s a cover up! The design process with Jayne Mapp

Episode 21: It’s a cover up! The design process with Jayne Mapp

June 7, 2021

This week The Hobcast Book Show hits the road again to visit the studio of regular Hobeck Books cover designer, Jayne Mapp. Starting with our first release - Killing Rock by Robert Daws, Jayne has designed over a dozen covers for us. She takes us through what she's learned in her move into cover design and how her background in photography and graphic design has helped her to make the transition. Plus, we look ahead to the Harrogate Crime Festival, discuss how Amazon tripped up a fellow indie publisher this week, and then there's the small matter of a birthday within the Hobcast presenting team.

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Episode 20 - From Scotland to Singapore. Historical crime fiction with Mark Wightman

Episode 20 - From Scotland to Singapore. Historical crime fiction with Mark Wightman

May 31, 2021

This week the Hobcast Book Show speaks to debut Hobeck author Mark Wightman on the eve of the publication of Waking The Tiger, his historical crime novel set in Singapore as the Second World War erupts. Mark explains the lengths he went to to research the smallest historical and cultural details as he created the world of Inspector Max Betancourt, and how publication is the fulfilment of a life-long dream. Adrian and Rebecca also discuss how established authors are being dropped by publishers to make way for celebrity signings, and they reveal some of the plans Hobeck Books has to mark the start of Crime Reading Month here in the UK.

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Episode 19: The Craft of Character - with Mark Boutros

Episode 19: The Craft of Character - with Mark Boutros

May 24, 2021

How do you create compelling and memorable characters? Our guest this week on The Hobcast Book Show is Mark Boutros, an award-winning screenwriter and novellist, and the author of The Craft of Character. Why is 'why' the question you need to keep asking yourself when you write? We have ten copies of the ebook, and ten of the audiobook (narrated by Adrian himself), to give away. Just email us at hobeckbooks@gmail.com with the answer to this question: what is Mark's favourite bird? Also, in the week we are named one of the Best 20 UK Thriller Podcasts, we welcome new Hobeck authors Olly Jarvis and Lin Le Versha to the company, and we discuss the scandal engulfing the BBC following the revelations about how their Princess Diana in 1995 was secured.

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