Crime writers from around the world meet in Prague

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Now I'm sure there isn't a single reader around the world who hasn't read at least one detective novel. Crime stories have become an integral part of our lives and many of us have our favourite detectives, whether it's Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot or Perry Mason. Crime writers have their own worldwide organisation, the International Association of Crime Writers, and this week it meets in Prague. Alena Skodova has this report:

The International Association of Crime Writers was established in 1988, and is one of the most prestigious writers' organisations in the world. A Czech section was established in 1989, and it's presently chaired by Doctor Jan Cimicky, a renowned Czech psychiatrist and writer.

On Thursday, the writers' conference in Prague discussed a number of topics related to crime stories, such as "Can a detective story inspire people to commit a crime?" or "The parallel of violence in life and in the arts". After the seminar, I spoke with two North American crime writers, Eric Wright from Canada and Dorian Yeager from the United States, about how they became crime writers?