Back at the Desk

I’m back!

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!

13 Responses to “Back at the Desk”
  1. Lindsey Russell says:

    I’ve been getting withdrawal symptoms!!! While you’ve been ‘gone’ I’ve read ‘City of Friends’ and ‘Templar’s Acre’, both excellent though I get the impression there is more to Baldwin’s story before we meet up with him again in ‘The Last Templar’. Will this be the _Crusaders_ series you’ve just mentioned?
    Oh and loving the photos of you and the dog even if sometimes she’s just a speck in the distance rather than lots of spots close up – the countryside really is gorgeous.
    So wish I could move down that way – we’ve been frying here in Essex – but it is such a long way to come and look and the old legs aren’t up to so many hours of driving.


    • The Crusades series is rather bigger than just Baldwin, but I do intend getting back to him before too long. The main problem, as always, is interesting a publisher. Still, with luck…! Thanks for the thought of sunshine, by the way. Grey and wet down here!


  2. Mary D. says:

    So when you’re a writer you actually have to give talks, meet and chat with people? I thought it meant being hidden away somewhere, writing or sitting about waiting for inspiration, with occasional long quiet walks in the countryside. I’ll have to re-think this business about being a writer!


  3. Jack Eason says:

    We all need to take a break from time to time Michael. ;)


  4. cybaea says:

    Welcome back. Been busy reading your books instead of your blog so haven’t suffered withdrawal yet, but it is good to have you back. And just in time as I have almost made it through all the books by you that my library stocks.


  5. I really enjoyed Act of Vengence! I now feel positively lazy, though, reading how much work you do. It has given me a kick up the backside to work a bit harder. :-)


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