Category Archives: Author Interviews

Creativity in Tandem – Interview for The Woolf

Our interview on creative collaboration for the Zurich literary journal The Woolf. @Sean Cubitt

Creativity in Tandem. @lambertnagle @readthewoolf


LOCATION, LOCUTION: Kiwi-Brit author team produce first in eco-thriller series spanning continents where they’ve lived

Thanks to JJ Marsh for featuring us in The Displaced Nation where we discuss creating a sense of place.

The Displaced Nation

JJ LN Collage Columnist JJ Marsh (left) talks to Lambert Nagle, Kiwi/Brit co-writers of international thrillers.

Today we welcome JJ Marsh back to the Displaced Nation for this month’s “Location, Locution.” If you are new to the site, JJ, who is a crime series writer (see her bio below), talks to fellow fiction writers about their methods for portraying place in their works. We’re excited that her guest today is the better half of a husband-wife team who have composed an eco-thriller that takes place all over the world, including places where they’ve been expats.

—ML Awanohara

Lambert Nagle is the pen name of co-authors Alison Ripley Cubitt and Sean Cubitt. They write thrillers set in sunny climes.

Sean’s day job is Professor of Film and Television, Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been published by leading academic publishers.

Alison worked in TV and film production for companies including the…

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Writers talk about their work – Brenda Cheers

Here is the fabulous Brenda Cheers – a writer I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through Goodreads. Brenda has a demanding day job yet still manages to write two books a year.
That takes some doing. After reading Brenda’s post it makes me realise that no matter how many ideas a writer may have you don’t get anywhere unless you have those all-important personal qualities of drive, energy and enthusiasm to get the work done. Brenda, you are an inspiration!

The Opposite of Inertia

I was invited to join this blog tour by the lovely Alison Ripley Cubitt (Lambert Nagle). We met on the Goodreads website.
Alison is an author, screenwriter and novelist who co-writes thrillers as Lambert Nagle. She has worked in television and film production for the BBC and Walt Disney, but her passion has always been for writing. She loves to explore the countryside on a horse, a bicycle or on foot.

Now, about me.

What am I working on?
I have two works in progress. I completed the first draft of a new novel (which explores the friendship between two women) five weeks ago and am ‘resting’ it before starting the second draft.
Right now I’m drafting the third in the “Strange Worlds” series. “In Strange Worlds” was originally meant to be a stand-alone work, but my fans insisted on a sequel which became “In a Time Where They…

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Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. It’s a World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful places on earth…..The size of Wales, with flowing rivers, wildlife and fabulous rock art carved centuries ago by indigenous people, yet the tourists who head for Uluru and the Sydney Opera House have likely never even heard of the place.  But Kakadu hides a dirty little secret….. Perhaps not so secret?  It’s one that many Australians who are anti nuke would rather forget……

What I’m Working on Now – The Next Big Thing: Blog Circle


By Alison Ripley Cubitt, co-writing as Lambert Nagle

It’s day 18 of NaNoWriMo.  There are ten left to go.  Although I’m not writing at the Overlook Hotel and therefore not yet at the stage of Jack in The Shining, typing: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” over and over again, I’m not all that far off!

So I was very pleased when fellow author Sharon Robards, was kind enough to tag me in the online game, The Next Big Thing:  a blog circle where writers get the chance to let the world know about their current works in progress/what they’re currently working on now.  So here it is:

Next Big Thing:


What is the working title of your book?



What genre does your book fall under?

Conspiracy thriller

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a film version of your book?

Irish actor Colin Farrell as the protagonist and British actress Romola Garai as the antagonist.  She was the young Briony Tallis in the Oscar nominated film, Atonement and is currently starring in the BBC drama, The Hour.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Whoever said crime doesn’t pay can’t have been doing it right.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It’s still very early days for Nighthawks. It won’t be sent out to agents until it has had input from beta readers and been copy edited and polished to perfection. Writing a book is relatively easy, writing a good one is hard!

The advice we received from a leading U.K. agent who read the manuscript of our debut indie-published political thriller, Revolution Earth,told us that it’s an even harder sell now to the big six publishers (five since the Random House-Penguin merger.)  One of the things we learnt from our first novel was that what we thought was ‘finished’, in needed considerable refining and polishing.  I come from a screenwriting background and I’m used to re-writing. Screenplays are made in the re-write and can go through umpteen drafts.  I feel the same way about the novels we write.  It might seem like a huge amount of thankless hard work, but in the end, submitting work too early does you no favours.  A first novel has to be exceptionally well-written in order to be taken up by a U.K. agent, given the recent changes in the publishing industry. But the good news is that the agent who gave us this advice has invited us to submit Nighthawks.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I am hoping it will be completed in a year and the rewrites and edits will take another year.  Revolution Earth took six years to write but that was because we moved house four times and country twice.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m talking up our book here but a novel we would love to emulate is The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A trip to Rome where we were the victims of two scams, one of which was so clever I couldn’t help but admire the blatant cheek of it. You’ll have to wait for the novel to find out what it is….

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Pity the poor cop up against a criminal in Italy.  Poorly paid (compared with the criminal fraternity), the Italian police officer will have spent years gathering evidence only to see the case dragged out in the courts for so long that the case is dismissed.  And the bad guy is free to enjoy his big house, his pool and drive around in his Maserati.

If you want to be tagged to join in the game, it’s not too late to play!

Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Your post should be up by Tuesday of next week–(11/20) Tuesday 20th November.  I hope you all have fun with this, and thanks for joining me.  I’ve pasted the “rules” below: Please tune into these blogs the week of November Tuesday 20th and check out their posts!

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

While you’re waiting for those new posts next week, be sure to visit Sharon Robards who tagged me, as well as any other participants in The Next Big Thing.

Have questions about our current work in progress, Nighthawks?  Feel free to leave them in the comments!