Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Hello All
Such is the life of a creative genius... (well me!!!)
My colleagues at the day job are having great adventures across both North and South Africa, one investigating leopards in the Kruger National Park and the other is looking at a pyramid. I've been left manning the ship.
This leaves little time to write but the good news is that Penguin really like the third book, they think it is my strongest yet and they have tentatively christened it Dark Water ... but this might change.
Meanwhile, we are ploughing forward with planning book four which is really turning out to be very evil and very nasty indeed.
I'd like to thank everybody who turned up at the Murder Mystery Night and helped make it such a success although I was a little concerned when some of your seemed truly disappointed not to be the killer - better luck next time!
Blog again next week.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

And in the begining....

....there was a blog.
So a hello to everybody who has been following me by letter and email while I ( by that I mean folk who understand computers) have been trying to sort out the gremlins in the web site.

Bookwise the news is good, I've just delivered book three and the Penguins like it although the editor says she has to read it under a duvet against the radiator nursing a Rusty Nail. I think Glasgow does a pretty good impersonation of Siberia in it. The Scottish Tourist board have asked that Book 4 is set in summer...a slightly warmer bit of Siberia then.

Four of the best crime writers in Scotland are appearing at Hillhead Library on Friday 16th, the event is in aid of Unicef. Me, my old pal (I mean I have known her for ages not that she is ancient although come to think of it....)Alex Gray, Karen Campbell the best seller and Helen Fitzgerald- the Crocodile Dundee of the Scottish Chapter! All on stage together. Scary.

I've been getting a few letters asking about book three - there wasn't a excerpt from it in the back of two and a few of you are worried that I've stopped writing. The answer to that is that publishers buy a 'deal' - a two, four or six book deal. If they know they have the rights for the next book, they can put an excerpt in. If not - they have to wait. We are still debating the title of book three. I came up with the highly original 'Book three!'. All the titles I came up with gave the game away too soon.

Book four has a working title, The Line.
And it is set during a heatwave! I wonder if I can go to the Bahamas to research,
More next week,