Bestselling author and former Sunday World crime reporter Niamh O’Connor gave today a fascinating invited reading as part of the University of Limerick Consuming Crime conference, organised by Dr Marieke Krajenbrink and Dr Kate Quinn.
She has written a number of True Crime books, amongst them, I’m sorry Sir, a recent investigation on “Ireland’s BDSM killer”.
Here are the seven rules, which she gave as advice on how to write Irish Crime fiction stories with traction.
1/ No drugs addicts, no psychos as main characters
2/ A protagonist with a large ego
3/ Middle Ireland : a story with which everybody can identify
4/ The sense of gap between law and justice
5/ A killer with a dual personality, an average Mister Hyde
6/ A criminal who revels in his crime and brags about them
7/ Killings denying dignity to the dead
To read more about Niamh’s writing, see: http://niamhoconnorwriter.com