Monday, 24 October 2011
MONDAY MAGIC - Keziah Hill
Thanks Maggie for letting me visit!
Lots of writers change genres in their careers or write different genres under different
names. That’s what I’m doing. Keziah Hill has been writing erotica for a few years but
Deborah Tait wants to come out and play. Specifically she wants to write mystery and
The crime genre with all its sub-genres (romantic suspense, thrillers, cozy mysteries,
hardboiled, police procedurals etc, etc.) have always been my first love. Many years ago
(more than I care to remember), I devoured Dorothy L Sayers novels when I was first at
university. I was lonely, struggling with new found independence and if memory serves me
correctly, in a state of unrequited love (a typical state for me in my early adulthood).
DLS and later Margery Allingham, both the Grand Dames of the Golden Years of women’s
crime writing, provided me with an escape. I loved the 1920s and 1930s settings and the
touch of romance in each series (more so in DLS. Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.
I went on to read widely in the genre starting with the other greats like Raymond Chandler
and Dashiell Hammett, to some of our Aussie homegrown greats like Peter Corris and
When I started writing seriously, I couldn’t get away from writing romance and erotica. But
in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to write mystery and crime. After a career working
in the criminal justice system, I had lots of stories bubbling around in my brain. Finally, a
woman just out of jail wandered into my mental landscape and I’ve been dancing with her
for a few months now.
I haven’t stopped writing erotica, in fact I’m working on a series called the Children of
Aphrodite, but the story of my heroine the train of events she starts by just getting out of
jail have occupied my girls in the basement. They want her story told. So, lots of computer
If you want to read some Australian women crimes writers (makes a break from the
Swedes and the Norwegians) you could start with this year’s Davitt Award winners,
recently presented at SheKilda, the Sisters in Crime Australia conference.
I have a story up at the Erotica Readers and Writers Association website that is a light
hearted combination of erotica and crime, “Laying Down the Law.” http://erotica-readers.com/GD/TC-EF/Laying.htm
You can buy my erotic duo “Friends and Lovers: Two Erotic Tales” from Amazon and other
online bookshops. http://tinyurl.com/3hpz358
Keziah Hill is here http://www.keziahhill.com and Deborah Tait http://www.deborahtait.com