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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

April 9, 2012

I am delighted to have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by David Mattichak Jr. David has his own fine blog which you can read here, and was actually one of this site’s first followers, subscribing shortly after Chris Routledge and I started the blog. The Venetian Vase has had several contributors over the past few years, and we hope to have more in the future, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed and made the site informative and entertaining for crime fiction fans.

Anyone who is nominated for the Inspiring Blogger award is required to say a few things about themselves and nominate some bloggers who have inspired them. Here goes:

I was born in Chester, UK, and I have spent many a pleasant day walking on Chester’s famed Roman Walls and Tudor Rows. I now live in Liverpool, which is a mere twenty miles away, but, as any Liverpudlian or Cestrian will tell you, worlds apart in terms of culture. I enjoy the busy, vibrant lifestyle in Liverpool, but I still like to escape every now and then to quaint old Chester.

Crime fiction is my main passion in life, but I did once harbour ambitions of becoming an actor. Although I was nowhere near good enough to become a professional, I was fortunate to act in many amateur theatre productions in Chester and several at the University of Liverpool. One of my friends and fellow thespians from those days is now on the brink of movie stardom.

If I ever decide to emigrate, it will probably be to Thailand (where my wife lived for five years) as it is the most beautiful country I have yet visited. I have written some thoughts on one of Thailand’s most enduring mysteries which you can read here.

Regular readers will be aware that my first book, Conversations with James Ellroy, was released in February and my next book, 100 American Crime Writers, will be released later this year.

Of the blogs I follow here are a few which I find to be inspiring:

J. Kingston Pierce’s The Rap Sheet is essential reading for any crime fiction researcher or fan. Pierce posts almost daily updates of crime fiction news, promotes the work of many of his fellow bloggers, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre.

Steve Hodel is a former LAPD homicide detective who wrote one of the most extraordinary true crime books I have ever read, Black Dahlia Avenger. He blogs about the Black Dahlia case and many other LA based cases at his Squad Room Blog.

I began following The Great Balancing Act when its author, Susan, started chronicling her struggle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six months of chemotherapy she has now made a full recovery.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2012 6:02 pm

    Steve P.:
    Congrats on your VIB award! You deserve it. And, also for the kind words on my book and site. Just published Black Dahlia Avenger II a few weeks ago, which is my six-year follow-up investigation to BDA. Would love to send you a personalized copy as a reward for your writing dedication and blogging achievement. Just email me a good mailing address and I’ll get you a copy. Keep up the good work! (I’m reading your book on Ellroy now.)

    Steve Hodel
    Los Angeles

  2. April 10, 2012 1:17 am

    Great post Steve. Thanks for the mention. I look forward to reading 100 American Crime Writers too.

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