Candice Fox’s fertile, grizzly world of crime fiction writing

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Australia’s bestselling crime author Candice Fox has a massively busy and successful 2019 ahead of her.

Described by her collaborator, the world's bestselling author James Patterson, as A bright new star of crime fiction, she is New York Times #1 bestselling author and presenter of the Australian Writers' Centre’s Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder course.

Her year so far (and it is only January!) looks something like this:

  • Her award-winning Liar Liar, written in collaboration with bestselling author James Patterson and the third book in the Harriet Blue series, is released in the US and the UK in January.
  • Candice and James Patterson’s fourth book in the series, Hush Hush will be released in Australia in May this year, and there’s a fifth book in the pipeline. (For a refresher on the wild, wild world of Harriet Blue before you dive into her next adventure, USA TODAY has an excellent overview of the series.)
  • In the US, the mass market paperback of Candice’s Crimson Lake will be released at the end of January.
  • Following hot on its heels is Gone by Midnight, Candice’s third book in the Crimson Lake series, which will be in bookstores in Australia and New Zealand this month.
  • Candice’s gripping new stand-alone novel, The Inn is another James Patterson collaboration and will be released in August.
  • And to top off this amazing year, Essential Media and Los Angeles-based Dynamic Television have hired Australian screenwriter and actor Yolande Ramke to write Troppo, an eight-part drama series based on Crimson Lake.

Candice attributes her fertile and gothic imagination to her unconventional childhood. She is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-adopted and pseudo-siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil from the cops and the childcare authorities who frequented her home.

Congratulations on an amazing year Candice. We eagerly await your next masterpieces.

You may not have had an unconventional childhood, but you do have a gory germ of an idea for a riveting, can’t-put-down book. So why not do something about it and learn from Australia’s bestselling crime fiction author herself with our self-paced Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder. Here you’ll bring death to life with killer techniques and real cases.

And if you need more murder, mayhem, crime and espionage as inspiration, why not spend 31 days getting into the minds of some of the world’s best crime and thriller writers with our free ebook and podcast series, A Month of Murder and Mayhem.

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