8 Novels by Journalists
Peter Ranscombe examines novels written by fellow journalists
One of the most interesting aspects of becoming a writer of fiction has been speaking at literary festivals and book signings. Answering questions from readers and potential readers certainly keeps you on your toes!
One point that regularly comes up is how being a journalist helps one write fiction. Certainly a journalist’s research skills are a big advantage when it comes to sifting material for a novel, and the discipline of writing every day is also a bonus: as a reporter, you soon lose your fear of a blank page.
Unsurprisingly, many have swapped their reporter’s notepad for the author’s paperback and the skills gained in the newsroom have served them well. Reading Robert Harris’s novels and Helen Fielding’s pre-Bridget debut illustrates how research for non-fiction work can seep through into fiction. Others on the list prove how passion for a subject about which you write – such as Lucy Ribchester’s dance and circus, or Ian Rankin’s music – can also shine in fiction.
To learn more about how journalists tackle fiction, see Olga Wojtas's How I Write blog.