Author Archives: Jason Monaghan & Jason Foss

About Jason Monaghan & Jason Foss

Jason Monaghan is an archaeologist, writing thrillers under the name Jason Foss

Alderney Literary Festival

This has to be the best literary festival in the land (if you count the tiny island of Alderney as ‘in the land’). Its cosy, its intimate and its focus is firmly on history: historical fiction, biography and non-fiction. As … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Kill (part 1)

‘Artie, could you kill a German?’ ‘Course, easy.’ ‘No, but really kill him if he was standing just over there?…’ George challenges his brother as Glint of Light on Broken Glass enters the summer of 1917, with the Great War … Continue reading

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Poor Decisions

In the paper the other week, a defence advocate explained that her client had made some ‘poor decisions’ in her life. We might say that committing a crime is the ultimate poor decision, so at the core of our crime … Continue reading

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The 3/4 Point

How many times have I been watching a film and two-thirds the way through thought ‘finish it now!’. Likewise when reading books, a point often comes where I feel the author is spinning the story out, or we are anticipating the  … Continue reading

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A Big Pile of Paper

On New Year’s day I have made a practice of starting a new book, or as in the case of 2017 picking up where I left off before party season hit. So, I’m 50,000 words into the new thriller. It’s … Continue reading

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Fire Without Smoke

I don’t smoke. I just don’t get it, so my lead characters don’t smoke either. You might think that old hippie Jeffrey Flint might have done the odd roll-up in his time, but if so he keeps quiet about it. In … Continue reading

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“Ingrid wants more sex”

Okay, I know this is a family blog but  we’re going to talk about sex this week (stop sniggering at the back!). The book I’m working now on requires a frank and realistic approach to sex scenes, but has led me to … Continue reading

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Author Vanishes!

Crime writer Jason Foss has vanished. In a move reminiscent of 1984, or the more paranoid Roman emperors his name has been erased from e-books on sale. Only a few hard-to-find first edition hardbacks remain of his five archaeological thrillers … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

In a recent debate on a writers’ forum the question was asked whether you had to actually have visited a place to use it as a setting for a novel. My answer to this is both yes and no. YES … Continue reading

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