On my way to the Stripey Badger Bookshop

On my way to the Stripey Badger Bookshop

I stopped near Gunnerside to get a shot of the book cover against the original landscape

  • Posted On: 31 August 2020
Last year I gave a talk at the bookshop in Grassington to launch my new book but this year it was very different. With the current restrictions due to Covid-19, I arranged to drop into the bookshop with my new crime novel to sign a few copies instead. The numbers of customers allowed in the shop at once is limited so I didn’t stay too long – Grassington was busy with visitors and I didn’t want to hold up business! Residents of Grassington are looking forward to the start of...

The cover proof has been approved

The cover proof has been approved

Copies of Killer Lines will be available by the end of this month

  • Posted On: 14 August 2020

It is disappointing that so many events have been cancelled because of the virus, meaning that I have not been able to attend talks and signings at shows, festivals, libraries and bookshops this year. However, I have had some lovely messages from readers who are pre-ordering my new book through this website, bookshops and on Amazon. Let’s hope that things will return to a form of normality in due course and we can again meet face-to-face. Meanwhile, keep safe!

 


‘Killer Lines’ to be published on 31st August

‘Killer Lines’ to be published on 31st August

‘Killer Lines’ has finally been sent to the printers

  • Posted On: 30 July 2020
...after a series of iterations including my own edits, proof reading, beta readings and final layout checks. Finally every comma, full stop and question mark is in the right place and certain words have been checked for the last time (the plural of ‘low-life’, is it ‘low-lifes’ or ‘low-lives’?). Of course there are many ways to express every single sentence and there comes a time when you just have to let your work out into the world.  Details of...

My favourite book of 2020 – so far

My favourite book of 2020 – so far

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

  • Posted On: 5 July 2020
On the first page, a headmaster is shot then moved out of harm’s way by two pupils. But this is not the fast-moving story of an American school siege. No. This is set in rural Somerset and the school is isolated. The junior school is close to the sea, the infants are in the pottery studio in the middle of a wood, there are teenagers rehearsing Macbeth in the theatre. Everything plays out in slow motion in the silent snow-covered school, as parents wait to hear news of their loved ones....

The beginning of the end!

The beginning of the end!

I have finished the latest book in the series, now the work begins!

  • Posted On: 18 June 2020
There is something very satisfying to type “The End”, but I know it is just the beginning of the next process: editing. Over the lockdown I have completed draft 1, left it for a few weeks, read it through for glitches in the story line, for expression, style, for punctuation and expression again. The latest draft (number five) is now ready for my beta readers, including an expert who works for the police. The publication date for “Killer Lines” is 31st August in case...

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