A New Year, A New Book

As we wave goodbye to 2015, it leaves me in a nostalgic mood. It was a very busy writing year for me with the release of my third novel in the June, re-gaining the rights to my debut in the summer, and writing the next Will Jackman novel. So I couldn’t have been more ready … Read More →

A Legendary Party

Last Thursday I travelled down to London to celebrate the 10th birthday of my publisher, Legend Press. The celebration party was held in the Warren Room of the Radison Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, the setting of their first ever book launch party. Legend have achieved an awful lot during their ten years in book publishing. … Read More →

Those ‘Pinch Me’ Moments

Years ago, I imagined being an author was much like that of the character played by Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote: sitting at a computer for a couple of hours a day, emptying the words onto a page, with a publisher hovering in the background who puts it all together and makes it a … Read More →

New Book Coming July 2015!

You may remember an old post back in May when I reported that I had completed the first draft of my third book. I procrastinated for a while, spent time editing, dithered about, changing some more things and finally sent it to the Commissioning Editor at Legend Press for consideration.

Today, I’m delighted to announce that she liked it (phew!) and the book, which is called Before It’s Too Late, will be published on 1.7.15.

Before It’s Too Late introduces Detective Inspector Will Jackman and is set in the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. Here is the blurb:

 

‘I concentrated hard, desperately listening for something familiar, the sound of life. I heard nothing. Just my own breaths and the wind, whistling through branches above… The thought made me shiver. I am buried alive.’

Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone.

Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.

But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?

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My Third Year in Publishing

This July marks three years since my first official book deal. It’s put me in rather a philosophical mood. So much has happened in the past three years and, as I begin to plan my fourth novel, I can’t help wondering what the next three will bring.

Coincidentally, I have just started reading a very good friend’s debut called Black Wood, which will be published early 2015. I love to hear good news and when my dear friend, Susi Holliday, announced last week that she has received a publishing deal, I couldn’t have been more delighted for her. Susi writes under ‘S J I Holliday’ and is best known for her dark short stories but I have to say, if the first few chapters are anything to go by, everyone is in for a treat with her wonderful first novel and I wish her much success.

It seems the world of traditional publishing is filled with decisions and announcements. We beaver away on our manuscripts for months, sometimes years on end; send them to trusted beta readers for feedback, rework and submit, then wait the arduous weeks and months it takes for a decision. Will it hit the mark? We are in a subjective business and can never be sure. Finally we get that all important decision and an announcement can be made. If it’s positive, the race is on to turn the pile of paper into a book. If it’s negative, we have to pick ourselves up, rework and try again.

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