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Paul Burke


My podcast Crime Time FMCrime Fiction author chats, panels & reviews by Paul Burke, Victoria Selman & Barry Forshaw, (affiliate Crime Time).https://www.crimetime.co.uk/
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Tell us about yourself – what is your background?

Crime Time FM is the podcast of Crime Time based in the UK. Our focus is Crime Fiction: interviews, features and panels. PAUL BURKE is a critic and contributor to online and print magazines, BARRY FORSHAW is the editor of Crime Time and the Financial Times Crime Fiction Critic, VICTORIA SELMAN is the SundayTimes bestselling author of ALL THE LITTLE LIARS.

Why did you get into podcasting?

It has to be the desire to interview our favourite authors about their writing and their books. To provide entertaining and insightful book chat shows that are wide ranging and innovative, including festival and event coverage, occasionally we stray into true crime and film too. We are a platform that gives a voice to new and established authors to connect with readers and listeners. Crime fiction is a friendly community we hope to contribute to the good vibes.

How did the idea for the show come about?

Crime Time is an online magazine with a long history of bringing readers to crime fiction. In 2021 we set up a podcast to interview authors about their books, big names, of course, but we wanted to support new authors and indie publishers too. Since the show has developed and we now do live festivals, awards and panel chats, reviews and a conversational chat show. Maybe at the start we didn't realise just how successful the show would be but this means all our favourites come to us.

What do you hope listeners take from the show?

We want listeners to enjoy themselves, get lost for a time in book chat, feel closer to the authors they love and to introduce them to new reads. Over the three years we have got behind the books with the authors and provided insight into the writing process and specific books and author secrets. We would like listeners to feel like they are more connected to the crime fiction world, that they know their favourite authors a little bit better and that they've had fun too.

What's been the biggest challenge for you?

The challenges honestly are technical. Sure there's learning to be better at interviewing all the time but it's sound quality and editing and making sure the listeners get the best experience that is so important - it's also the steepest learning curve.

How can your listeners support your show?

Please listen, if you like what you hear rate and subscribe. We have a world wide audience but think our shows would be relevant to more listeners and word of mouth, comments on social media, often bring new people in. We are considering how to find the podcast long term but we just want to welcome people in at the moment.

Any future plans that you'd like to share?

Sounds obvious but to improve and stay relevant and reach more listeners. We will always look to innovate content, to form partnerships to produce exclusive and original shows and ideas come in the most unexpected ways - so watch this space. Partners: CWA Dagger Awards, Gwyl Crime Cymru Festival, Newcastle Noir, CrimeFest. We have a bucket list of authors to work our way through. Maintaining a unique voice in book podcasting

Anything else you'd like to share?

We hope we have a warm and friendly approach and that we give the Audience what they want but we're always open to comments and suggestions.

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