Michael Robotham: On writing from the perspective of a young woman
The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin
Former journalist turned author, Michael Robotham is a crime writer who has three consecutive number ones, over six million books sold across 50 countries in 24 different languages.He’s also the only Australian to twice win the CWA Gold Dagger award – the award presented for best crime novel of the year.His new book When You Are Mine, and is set in the UK. He says this is the first book he's written where he hasn't gone to the UK to research it before writing it (due to covid) and has instead travelled the country online.He also admits that writing in the voice of a young woman is challenging, but works hard to get it right and feels a man should try to write in a female voice and vice versa. But will this book remain a standalone or could there be a sequel?When You are Mine is available as an audio book now and in stores once alert levels drop.LISTEN ABOVE
Join Laura Turner and her guest Michael Robotham.Michael didn’t set out to be a best-selling crime writer but his fascination with human behaviour and the complexities of the human mind has seen him create characters and storylines that take his readers into some dark places indeed, firmly establishing him as one of the best crime writers of his generation. His psychological thrillers have been published in more than 50 countries, sparked bidding wars with international publishers and sold millions of copies world-wide. Michael's latest novel is Where Your Are Mine - head to Michael's website www.michaelrobotham.com for more details about his work.
I learnt from the world's best Criminal Psychologist : Michael Robotham
Killer Content with Emily Webb
Australian author Michael Robotham is a superstar of the crime fiction world with his many books selling millions of copies. His book the Secrets She Keeps was made into an Australian television series and it attracted ratings through the roof when it screened on the BBC in the UK. And his clinical psychologist character Joe O'Loughlin, who appears in 9 books is coming to the screen, with filming currently underway in London and a big name in the main role.Before Michael turned to writing crime fiction he was a journalist and ghostwriter in the UK. One of the books he ghostwrote was The Jigsaw Man, the autobiography of Paul Britton, a leading British forensic psychologist who also inspired the character Fitz played by Robbie Coltrane in the incredible 1990s television drama Cracker. Michael’s latest book is When You Are Mine and at the time of this interview, he’d just won the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger Award from the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association. ----Your host is Emily WebbFollow Emily onTwitterInstagram FacebookEmily is the author of Angels of Death: Doctors and Nurses Who KillThanks to Michael Robotham Purchase When You are Mine in our BookshopListen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google PodcastsListen on Spotify Thank you for listening!This is a Smart Fella production in conjunction with the acast creator network.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith
How many times a day do you lie? That’s what Richard and Judy began to wonder when they read this week’s Book Club novel, When She Was Good. The novel follows Evie Cormac, a teenager who witnessed a brutal murder and is now staying silent, and forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven as he tries to discover what happened to her. Author Michael Robotham discusses how his background as a journalist influenced his decision to write about organised crime and the psychology of criminals. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the new Summer Book Club collection, and use the code SUMMER10 for a 10% discount.
Sami Macbeth a légynek sem tudna ártani. Valaki más helyett csukták le: rosszkor volt rossz helyen. Mikor ötvenhat órával ezelőtt szabadult a börtönből, egészen más tervekkel vágott neki a szabadságnak. Azt hitte, Nadia, a húga várja majd a kapu előtt. De a lány eltűnt, nyoma veszett… Sami mindent megtesz, hogy megtalálja a testvérét, de közben élete megállíthatatlanul rohan a teljes káosz felé. Ám csakhamar a világ is összedőlni látszik: bomba robban a londoni metróban. Sami kikászálódik a romok alól, és elindul a felszínre, a hátizsákját magához szorítja. Csakhogy a rendőröknek feltűnik a fiú zavart viselkedése, és üldözőbe veszik. Erre Sami elkiáltja magát: „Bomba van nálam!” – ezzel egy csapásra Anglia legveszélyesebb terroristájává válik… Prostitúció, drogok, terrorizmus. Michael Robotham izgalmas, letehetetlen thrillerének szereplői az angol alvilág legmélyebb bugyraiba szállnak alá
Mit dem zweiten Band seiner Cyrus-Haven-Reihe startet Michael Robotham nochmal ganz anders durch als im ersten Teil: Was sich in „Schweige still“ andeutete, verwandelt er hier in eine ganz eigene Geschichte. Und die ist hochspannend! Denn Evie, die sich in einem Kinderheim befindet, kann nicht nur jede Lüge erkennen, sondern hat auch viele Lügen in … „2047: Michael Robotham – Fürchte die Schatten“ weiterlesen
Michael Robotham: on the science of lying and the inspiration behind his characters
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Cheryl Akle chats to best selling author Michael Robotham about the science of lying, TV adaptions, and the inspiration behind his characters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen King called international crime writer Michael Robotham an “absolute master” so it’s no surprise that he’s sold millions of books all around the world. His first thriller, The Suspect, was snapped up in more than twenty countries in just three hours and the superlatives have kept on rolling in ever since.Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Michael talks about his latest book, When She Was Good, and expands on that remarkable career, first as a journalist, then as a ghost writer, and now as an award-winning bestselling novelist.Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:Michael's remarkable beginning in journalismTen years of ghost writing in preparationBidding war on debut novel The SuspectThe Secrets She Keeps - the story behind the TV seriesHow Sept 11 changed everythingWhy he's still a 'newbie after 15 novelsWhere to find Michael Robotham: Website: https://www.michaelrobotham.com/Facebook: @MichaelRobothamAUTwitter: @michaelrobothamWhat follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.But now, here’s Michael.Jenny Wheeler: Hello Michael, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.Michael Robotham: Thanks Jenny.Introducing Michael RobothamJenny Wheeler: You grew up in rural Australia, in country towns, and I've read online a funny little quip where you said there were more dogs than people and more flies than dogs in the places you grew up in. Then you went straight into talking your way into a cadetship on a Sydney daily. When you went there for that job interview, had you ever been to Sydney before?Michael Robotham - international best sellerMichael Robotham: No. I had to come down to Sydney six times and catch what was then the North Coast mail train, which was an overnight train that took twelve hours to get from my hometown to Sydney. I was seventeen when I first caught that train overnight and went for my first job interview. I had never been in a building over three stories high and I had never been in a lift before by myself. I don't think I'd been in a lift with anyone else either.When I got to the Fairfax building, who were the publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun, I stood outside the lift and I didn't go inside the lift because I wasn't sure how to work it and I wanted someone else to get in and I'd follow them. I didn't know whether you had to shut the doors yourself, it terrified me. These security guards, I could see them laughing, wondering when this hay seed is going to get into the lift. But I did. I waited for someone else to get in, and that was my very first job interview.Getting started in SydneyThere were 6,000 applicants for 12, I can't remember if it was 12 or 18 positions. Journalism had become a very sexy profession ever since Woodward and Bernstein broke Watergate. I was very lucky to get one of those cadetships and one of my fellow cadets was Geraldine Brooks who went on to be a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a very famous journalist as well.Jenny Wheeler: How did you manage to walk your way in there? What did you have on your side?Michael Robotham: I don't know. You had to go through a whole series of interviews which involved doing a current affairs test and general knowledge tests and writing essays and that narrowed the field down. But when I went for my final interview with the editor, I'd pretty much been told I hadn't got the job because there had been people who had been applying for years and narrowly missed out, and it was their turn.Before I went into the final interview, the guy who was coordinator said listen, you've done incredibly well to get this far. Don't be disheartened, try again next year, but you're not going to be one of my recommendations. So I went into the interview not nervous at all because I thought, well,
Michael Robotham - 'I Still Get Excited When I Come To My Writing Desk.'
The Booktopia Podcast
Michael Robotham is one of Australia's greatest crime writing exports, having written over a dozen best-selling novels. His second novel 'Lost' won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. 'The Night Ferry' and 'Shatter' were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008, with 'Shatter' going on to win the Ned Kelly award for Australia's best crime novel.Ahead of the release of 'When She Was Good', Ben sat down with Michael to discuss his new book, what keeps him coming back to the writing desk, his fascination with damaged characters and more.Books mentioned in this podcast:'When She Was Good' by Michael Robotham: https://bit.ly/34ljtSsHosts: Ben HunterGuest: Michael RobothamProducer: Nick Wasiliev