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Season 06

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We are joined by author Anna Bailey. Her debut book TALL BONES has received huge praise. 

When seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, she believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again. 

Abi's disappearance cracks open the facade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within Abi's family, there are questions to be asked - of Noah, the older brother whom Abi betrayed, of Jude, the shining younger sibling who hides his battle scars, of Dolly, her mother and Samuel, her father - both in thrall to the fire and brimstone preacher who holds the entire town in his grasp. Then there is Rat, the outsider, whose presence in the town both unsettles and excites those around him. 

Anything could happen in Whistling Ridge, this tinder box of small-town rage, and all it will take is just one spark - the truth of what really happened that night out at the Tall Bones....


LAURA KAY is joining us to talk about her debut book THE SPLIT.

"My debut novel The Split is a queer rom-com set in Sheffield. When Ally is brutally dumped by her girlfriend, she finds herself homeless, friendless and jobless... but at least she has Malcolm.


Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily's cat.

In a nutshell this novel features lesbian angst, cake and a horrible cat - all the good stuff! Oh and love, heartache, friendship and family too.


I have had so much fun writing this novel and making these characters come to life. I really hope you love it and them as much as I do."


The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.

Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in this thrilling conclusion to the System Divine trilogy that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

Jessica has written and published over seventeen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays (a Texas Lone Star list selection), Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing, The Geography of Lost Things, Better You Than Me, The Chaos of Standing Still, In Some Other Life (a Junior Library Guilt selection), and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy. She is also the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, a how-to plotting book for novelists. Sky Without Stars is a sci-fi retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and the third book in that series is out this year! 


We had a guest pull out/confused dates. That is perfectly understandable and acceptable in our business! So instead of scrapping the show, we decided to have a fun chat and involve the audience!

To be honest, a lot of the time our audience love our random unplanned shows!!!


Adele Parks needs no introduction. BUT, incase you live under a rock and don't know, Adele is a multi million bestselling author. She is described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK. 4 million copies of her UK editions have been sold and have been translated into more than 30 different languages.

Titles include Lies Lies Lies, Just My Luck and Both of You.

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.     

DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.


"Creepy, witty, laugh-out-loud and shudder-inducing"

This certainly sounds like a book worth discussing! Join us as we delve into the mind of Bethany Clift.


Bethany is a graduate of the Northern Film School, the producer of low-budget British horror film Heretic, and the Director of her own production company, Saber Productions. Last One At The Party is her debut novel.

The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM ('Six Days Maximum' - the longest you've got before your body destroys itself).

But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own.

Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth.


In 2019 Julia was the third biggest-selling author in the UK, ahead of Michelle Obama and Lee Child (and only just behind David Walliams and JK Rowling)

We are delighted to bring you the mind of so many instant classics. Julia Donaldson has brought parents a fantastic range of children's stories.


Making those evening bedtime stories so much more enjoyable and special. We don't know anyone who hasn't heard of The Gruffalo, Zog, The Snail & The Whale, Superworm, A Squash & A Squeeze and so many more!


"I've written twenty books now for children and teenagers, and LOVE visiting schools, libraries and festivals to talk to people about the power of storytelling. It's a magnificent way to live my life..."

His latest book When The Sky Falls has had so many outstanding reviews. "Utterly brilliant, original and so very, very moving... a triumph for kids' lit -- Sarah Crossan."

When The Sky Falls: 1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only loves are the rundown zoo she owns and its mighty silverback gorilla, Adonis. As the weeks pass, bonds deepen and secrets are revealed, but if the bombers set Adonis rampaging free, will either of them be able to end the life of the one thing they truly love?


We were joined by M.W.Craven! He is the author of The Washington Poe series and THE AVISON FLUKE SERIES The Avison Fluke series.

His latest book Dead Ground was the fourth in the The Washington Poe series and was a Sunday Times Best Seller.

'Heart-pounding, hilarious, sharp and shocking, Dead Ground is further proof that M.W. Craven never disappoints. Miss this series at your peril.' Chris Whitaker.

DEAD GROUND: Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused - he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp - but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.

As Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into the case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim's background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene - and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank heist three years earlier, a heist where nothing was taken . . .


An insurance mathematician’s carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park … with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.

Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. He was crowned Tuomainen ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.


Palm Beach Finland (2018) was an immense success, with The Times calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’, and Little Siberia (2019) was shortlisted for the Capital Crime/Amazon Publishing Readers Awards, the Last Laugh Award and the CWA International Dagger, and won the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

The Rabbit Factor is the first book in Antti’s first-ever series and is in development with AMAZON TV for a movie staring well known actor Steve Carell.


Ellen's book, The Tsarina's Daughter has been highly praised:

"Astonishing...the ultimate Cinderella story [that] makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme." --Daisy Goodwin, bestselling author of The Fortune Hunter

The Blurb: When they took everything from her, they didn't count on her fighting to get it back...

Born into the House of Romanov to the all-powerful Peter the Great and Catherine I, beautiful Tsarevna Elizabeth is the world's loveliest Princess and the envy of the Russian empire. Insulated by luxury and as a woman free from the burden of statecraft, Elizabeth is seemingly born to pursue her passions.

However, a dark prophecy predicts her fate as inexorably twined with Russia. When her mother dies, Russia is torn, masks fall, and friends become foes. Elizabeth's idyllic world is upended. By her twenties she is penniless and powerless, living under constant threat. As times change like quicksand, an all-consuming passion emboldens Elizabeth: she must decide whether to take up her role as Russia's ruler, and what she's willing to do for her country – and for love.




The Harrogate festival is upon us!


The Chris's are heading to the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival!

And to celebrate we are hosting a panel show special! Just two days before we pack our bags and get on the road, we are going to face a team made up of authors attending the event. Author Will Carver will captain the team. He will bring two fellow authors to battle Team WCCS. Team WCCS will be captained by Right Chris Hooley and members of the community. Can The WCCS and the Writing Community defeat the challengers?

There are 5 rounds revolving around the world of writing, books, TV, film and characters. Be sure to join us live and get involved when prompted!


Interested in appearing on this show? Putting a team in to bottle?

Email TheWritingCommunityChatShow@Gmail.Com letting us know!


We are joined by psychological thriller and crime writer ALICE HUNTER!

Her book at the time of writing this is 10 weeks young with over 4,700 ratings! She's also made the Official UK Top 50 print chart, #1 #AppleBooks, #1 Kobo and #5 #Amazon. This alone is worth asking her about! How does someone get there and how do they feel when they do? This episode will be very insightful and interesting for all of us wanting to have publishing success. It is 17th in the OVERALL chart position on Amazon. That is incredible.

The Serial Killer's Wife:

Every marriage has its secrets....        

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighborhood - they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now - what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew. 


We are joined live with author Rod Reynolds. The author of the Charlie Yates series, Blood Red City and Black Reed Bay!

Black Reed Bay: When a young woman vanishes from an exclusive oceanfront community in the middle of the night, Detective Casey Wray’s takes on a case that leads her in chilling, unexpected directions …


A twisty, breath-taking police procedural. First in a heart-pounding new series.

‘Urgent, thrilling and richly imagined. Without doubt his best yet' Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End.

‘Reynolds captures the claustrophobic feel of a small town … a tense slice of American noir’ Vaseem Khan, author of Midnight at Malabar House

‘Compelling and stylish, with devious twists and a cleverly crafted ending. Very, very impressive’ G J Minnett, author of The Syndicate

‘Urgent, thrilling and richly imagined. Without doubt his best yet' Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End


This is our first ever The WCCS Panel Show!

This is a show aimed to expose the fun personalities of the authors you love! 


We went to battle with team Self Publishing with Dale. Dale and his two team mates will be testing their knowledge against one of The WCCS hosts and their two teammates, made from members of the writing community!


There are 5 rounds revolving around the world of writing, books, TV, film and characters. Be sure to join us live and get involved when prompted!


Interested in appearing on this show? Putting a team in to bottle?

Email TheWritingCommunityChatShow@Gmail.Com letting us know!


This is our second The WCCS Panel Show!

This is a show aimed to expose the fun personalities of the authors you love! 


After the success of PSO1 we had to bring this format back! After the destruction of Team Dale, we will be faced by another team that will try and take us down! The Qi team is made up for the members of Qi - Queer indie group. They are a group of self published authors that really support others in the LGBTQ community AND its allies. They have created a fantastic website and even hosted their own awards ceremony!


There are 5 rounds revolving around the world of writing, books, TV, film and characters. Be sure to join us live and get involved when prompted!


Interested in appearing on this show? Putting a team in to bottle?

Email TheWritingCommunityChatShow@Gmail.Com letting us know!

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We attended the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival 2021 with the intention of creating a Vlog!


 Well, here it is.


We admit that there could have been a lot more footage filmed and photos taken, but, it was testament to how much fun everyone there was having.


We hope you enjoy this video and please leave us lots of comments.


If you know of a festival that needs VLOGGING WCCS STYLE, then let us know!


Nadine Matheson joins us on the show to talk about her book The Jigsaw Man, writing and probably our warp speed interview from the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival! We had a great laugh at the Harrogate fest and we expect a similar vibe in this interview. Nadine is a crime writer from the UK and has no doubt lent on her experience as a criminal solicitor. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018.

The Jigsaw Man: There's a serial killer on the loose.

When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there.

The race is on before more bodies are found.

She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind . . .

Will it take a killer to catch the killer?

Now all bets are off, and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first – Henley, or the Jigsaw Killer?

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