Yes, it’s true… I’ve turned to crime. My mentor and my publisher are both involved in crime. They encourage and promote it and now they’ve persuaded me do it too. I kept saying no, kept telling them I couldn’t do it. They insisted I could. They told me crime pays and since I’m already involved in some pretty dark horror, what do I have to lose?
I’m talking about my debut crime novel, of course, and not about breaking the law. It has taken years of encouragement and gentle persuasion for me to pluck up the courage to write a crime novel. I’ve always had an interest in serial killers and so naturally that’s what I chose to write about. Inspired by Hannibal Lecter and Annie Wilkes, along with research into real serial killers, I set out to create a character who felt as authentic.
I enjoy reading dark tales of torment. My go to genres are: dystopian, sci-fi, dark fantasy, horror, paranormal, supernatural and crime. My first published novels are dystopian and although well received by fans of the genre and those who don’t usually read dystopian novels, fans of my writing style asked me to write something contemporary.
I only ever want to please my readers but I cannot write a genre I have little interest in. Police procedurals, domestic noir and detective stories are not really my thing, although I have enjoyed reading novels that come under these sub-genres. What I can write about is killers.
In order to keep writing, authors need people to keep wanting to read their work. I’m hoping that crime does pay and I can continue to entertain people with my twisted tales.
Here is the blurb for Paper Dolls.
When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.
Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward. When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.
As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?
As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?
“A deadly game of cat n’ mouse … Pullar’s dark mind is a force to be reckoned with” LV Hay.
Happy reading everyone!
Emma Pullar is an award-winning writer of dark fiction and children's books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Emma's horror story, London's Crawling, published in the Dark Minds Charity collection was shortlisted for the SJV Award and a finalist for Create50. Another of Emma's stories, Old Trees Don't bend, was published in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Three of Emma's short stories have been shortlisted for competitions. Her horror story, WORMS, was a Twisted Vol2 WINNER! Her short Sci-fi story, Alterverse, was a Singularity50 WINNER! Emma's debut novel, Skeletal, was published by Bloodhound Books in autumn 2017, the sequel published summer 2018.
Emma's crime debut, Paper Dolls, is out March 2019.
Emma also writes articles for Bang2write.
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