A Truth Universally Acknowledged with Harriet Minter

Morality Tales with Harriet Tyce

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“You take something good and make it really dark.”

A fellow Harriet is joining Harriet on this week’s A Truth Universally Acknowledged! Harriet Tyce writes crime fiction novels.  She wrote her first book “Blood Orange”, which was a big hit, as a result of her MA in crime writing. 

In this episode, you’ll hear how Harriet’s best-laid plans for her writing only ended up with her characters having different ideas for how the story was to end.  A mistake she made in her proof also ended up changing the final twist completely.

The pair discuss the voyeuristic way that crime fiction is consumed and why readers actually find reading tales of chilling actions and poor decisions oddly comforting.

And to end this week’s episode - the creative exercise is taking inspiration from that very mistake in the proof of Harriet Tyce’s book.  It challenges you to change the outcome of something you once created, be it a half knitted jumper or painting that could be spiced up a little, so go on, mix it up!


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman at the start of a midlife crisis needs a creative project.  So writer, journalist and broadcaster Harriet Minter is writing a book….. A “chick-lit” novel (don’t worry, we’ll be discussing that term). A genre that is both critiqued and loved in equal parts.

Join Harriet for the writing journey, as she navigates story arcs, character traits and plots.  In every episode, you’ll hear from authors who have been there and done it and friends who can help crack problems that Harriet has been dealing with in her novel each week. 

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