Apologies for my radio silence. With the pressure of writing, as well as losing two good friends, the blog has had to take a back seat. I’ve been doing more painting than blogging.
However, it doesn’t mean I’ve been slowing down. In the first quarter I managed to republish Act of Vengeance, For the Love of Old Bones and No One can Hear You Scream, and then I published the first Jack Blackjack book, Rebellion’s Message. In May I contributed to the Detection Club’s latest collaborative novel The Sinking Admiral, and then the last of my Vintener trilogy, Blood of the Innocents, was published in August. Now I’m looking forward to seeing my story, Alive or Dead, in The Detection Club’s collection of short stories which will come out in November to celebrate the birthday of Peter Lovesey.
In the meantime, I’ll be at Yeovil on 6th October to speak at a Booker Prize event, and judging the Impress Books prize that week too. I’ve been invited to a panel at the Harrogate History Festival on 20th October, and also giving a talk at the Bloomsbury “How to get Published” event in Plymouth on 29th October. All of which are looking to be great fun, and I hope to meet a lot of readers at them.
And now I’m entering writer’s purdah again. I’ve a book to finish before the end of November (a deadline that is approaching with the speed and fearsome threat of a galloping water buffalo) and I have three other projects to work on. I need a story to follow up on Act of Vengeance, a second in my new Crusades series, and I’m working on ideas for another series, too. A writer’s life is not one involving lots of rest and dozing through the day, sadly!
So, apologies again for the delay, but the blog is now back with a vengeance!