Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hutt News highlights Kiwi Debut Dagger shortlistee

Further to my post of 10 June, introducing CWA Debut Dagger shortlistee Bob Marriott (pictured left), a freelance travel writer living in Wellington, Marriott's achievement has now been picked up a little more by our local mainstream media. It was great to see that there was a nice interview-based feature on Marriott and his writing in both the Hutt News and Upper Hutt Leader this week.

In his interview with Simon Edwards of the Hutt News, Marriot says he sent off the first chapter and synopsis of his novel IN THE LION'S THROAT, which is based in the seedy world of the South East Asia and New Zealand drug scene, to the CWA Debut Dagger competition last year with a "what have I got to lose?" attitude and then promptly "forgot all about it really" until he found out he was one of the select shortlistees.

Edwards' article shares some more background on Marriott (beyond what was in my introductory post), including his travels throughout Asia and other exotic locales, adventures he has had that have played some part in his writing, and how his wife Linda got him into fiction writing thanks to a weekend writing group. You can read the full Hutt News article here.

Does Marriott's story sound intriguing? Do you think you'd like to read IN THE LION'S THROAT, if it was picked up for publication? Have you read any other former CWA Debut Dagger shortlistees' work (e.g Louise Penny, Allan Guthrie, Alan Bradley, etc)?

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