Espionage Writer, Merle Nygate – Joined Up#97

It’s episode 97 with Merle Nygate, TV screenwriter turned novelist, talking about her debut espionage novel – The Righteous Spy. Merle has lots to say about research, structure and the most common error of first-time novelists.

Merle Nygate is a screenwriter, script editor, screenwriting lecturer and novelist; she’s worked on BAFTA winning TV, New York Festival audio drama and written original sitcoms. She previously she worked for BBC Comedy Commissioning as well as writing and script editing across multiple genres. Merle has now released her first espionage novel – The Righteous Spy – which won the Little Brown/UEA Crime Fiction Award and is available right now, published by Verve Books.

Find out more on Merle’s website here and follow her on Twitter @MerleNygate.

Read my full review of The Righteous Spy over at

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About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) and currently completing debut novel 'Safe Hands'. Love Writing and hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u or @jupodcast on Twitter and say hello.
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