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Steven Dunne - The Reaper

Posted by Stuart Hughes on June 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM Comments comments (0)

On the 20th June 2011, author Steven Dunne visited Derby Scribes to talk about his work.

Steven is the author of two crime thriller novels. I’ve read both of them and can thoroughly recommend them. The first, The Reaper, tells the story of damaged Detective Inspector Damen Brook who collides with a brutal killer. The follow-up, The Disciple, is a sequel and the second in a planned trilogy.

Steven is currently working on another D.I. Brook novel, this time with a different killer as the planned trilogy is currently on the backburner because Steven has changed publishers and there are problems over the rights to the trilogy.

There was a good turnout for the Derby Scribes session – the first author visit at our new venue the Brunswick Inn – and Steven answered numerous questions and read from both The Reaper and The Disciple.

Living and working in Derby, the city is the central location for both novels, although some of the action also takes place in London, Brighton, Leeds and the United States of America. In fact the road outside the Brunswick Inn and the surrounding buildings, including the Midland Hotel and the railway station, play a central role in The Disciple.

Steven was inspiring, entertaining, and a thoroughly nice man. How his first novel came to be published can serve as an inspiration to us all. Unable to find any takers for it, Steven self-published it and incredibly sold 1,600 copies. He uploaded the novel to the authonomy website and HarperCollins picked it up from there.

As Steven says, “I believed in The Reaper and deep down I knew it deserved to be read by a larger audience. Thanks to authonomy I’ve been given that chance.”

Derby Scribes will be delighted to welcome Steven Dunne back in 2012 when his next novel is published by his new publisher. As he sold a number of books on the night, we’re hoping Steven will be equally delighted to see us again.

2010 - a very good writing year

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM Comments comments (2)

2010 turned out to be a very good year for my fiction writing and by the end of it I had accrued a further nine publishing credits, including two short stories in my local newspaper the Derby Telegraph.

The highlight of the year for me has to be the camaraderie of my fellow writers at Derby Scribes. I joined the writing group in November 2009 but only really got into it during 2010. Derby Scribes meet on the first and third Mondays of each month and sessions consist of storytelling evenings, writing exercises and theme based discussions. We also have established authors and professionals from the writing community as guests from time to time to do readings and talks based on their own work. In March I ran a session on characterisation and other Scribes have run sessions on various writing related subjects throughout the year. We've even created our own shared world where a castle floats above a village, tethered to the ground by great promethean chains, and its turrets scrape the underbelly of the clouds. It's not a flying castle though, it's a library.

But without a doubt the best thing about Derby Scribes is the people who belong to it. Not only has the camaraderie and encouragement of the Derby Scribes motivated me to keep writing but I've made some wonderful new friends too.

During 2010 I completed seven brand new short stories and have half a dozen more in various stages of development. I also embarked on what I hope will be a series of short story collaborations with fellow Derby Scribe Richard Farren Barber - we are currently doing final edits to the first two stories and will be starting a further two shortly. One of my stories also won the Derby Scribes Short Story Competition.

As if that wasn't enough, I finally got stuck into that novel I'd been promising myself I'd write for so many years. Provisionally titled "Guardian Angel" (although that will probably change) I wrote 35,000 words and a detailed synopsis which suggests it will comfortably expand to novel length. Unfortunately the first person viewpoint I chose isn't working out. I'll be reworking it into a third person, multi-viewpoint narrative this year and aim to have the first draft completed by the end of June 2011.

And I wasn't done there either. The Derby Telegraph accepted me for their Rams Fans Panel which means I get to write pre- and post-match comments on Derby County's games this season for the local newspaper. I also write opinion pieces from time to time for the Derby County fans websites Derby County Mad and RamZone.

As far as my fiction writing is concerned, 2011 looks like getting off to a good start as I ended 2010 with five story acceptances - Alt-Dead, Dark Horizons, Derby Scribes Anthology, Golden Visions and Sex and Murder.


All things considered, 2010 was a very good writing year. Here's to 2011, may it be even better.