A THRILLING QUARTET: BERARD, BUBLITZ, CARLYLE, SANDERS
In a big year for local thriller writers, breakout stars Jacqueline Bublitz (Before You Knew My Name) and Rose Carlyle (The Girl in the Mirror) garnered international attention, attracting exciting film options and foreign translation sales. Canadian born Ray Berard saw his 2016 Ngaio Marsh debut award winner Inside the Black Horse adapted into the $6.5 million six-part series Vegas screening on TVNZ from April. The three join Ben Sanders with his latest, The Devils You Know. Now 31, his career has followed a similarly stellar trajectory with prose described as “Raymond Chandler, Lee Child and Elmore Leonard rolled into one” (Sydney Morning Herald). In conversation with Stephanie Johnson, they discuss the genesis of great stories, the experience of attracting such fanfare, and the journey onwards.