»You learn about writing the best crime fiction by reading it. Read Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Denis Lehane, Raymond Chandler, P.D. James, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder, Andrew Taylor, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Dibdin… and a hundred others. Read them, study them, analyse them. Do not copy them.«
At the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition masterclasses, author Susan Hill examines the difference between people and characters. Her advice at The Telegraph.