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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Rachel McLean: Kindle Storyteller Award Winner Writes Thrillers That Make You Think

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Rachel McLean: Kindle Storyteller Award Winner Writes Thrillers That Make You Think

My ALLi author guest this episode is Rachel McLean, winner of the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award who enjoys writing crime thrillers that also make you think. The key to Rachel's success, she says, is to strike a balance between what you enjoy writing and what you know readers will buy. I'll let Rachel explain in her own words.

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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Rachel McLean

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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Rachel McLean: About the Author

Rachel McLean is an award-winning crime author who writes UK- based police procedurals. She is best known for the DI Zoe Finch series set in her home city of Birmingham, as well as the Dorset Crime series. Book 1 in the Dorset Crime series, The Corfe Castle Murders, won the Kindle Storyteller Award 2021. As well as ten crime novels (so far), she has written seven thrillers – a dystopian political thriller trilogy, a postapocalyptic trilogy and a dystopian standalone novel. A full bibliography and reading order can be found at rachelmclean.com/bibliography.

About the Host

Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.comLinkedIn and Twitter.


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Howard Lovy

Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Longreads.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Thank you, Rachel, for this inspirational podcast. I published my debut mystery thriller in 2020 and am releasing my second (stand-alone) in April. It’s great hearing about your success and how you built up your sales and readership. I too spent a lot of time moving from business writing to creative writing and am still learning. Thanks again.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful podcast! I’ve been published for around the same time as Rachel McLean (and took fifteen years with my first book!) and am working so hard to find that sweet spot. I write full time but am not yet where I know I can be. I am passionate about writing Australian mystery, crime, and suspense so found this inspiring to hear. Phillipa

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