Talus and the Copy Edit

Here's how the copy editing process works. Your editor emails you a copy of your manuscript in Word format, conveniently marked with proposed changes and pithy comments using the handy Track Changes feature, along with the request that you read it through, accepting or rejecting his suggestions as you see fit, and return it for final … Continue reading Talus and the Copy Edit

Publishers Weekly reviews “Talus and the Frozen King”

The first review of my forthcoming novel Talus and the Frozen King has just popped up on the Publishers Weekly website. Odd as it is to read a review of a book that won't be available until 26th March 2014 (and which hasn't been fully edited yet) it's a treat to see a little early … Continue reading Publishers Weekly reviews “Talus and the Frozen King”

Talus is coming

My new novel Talus and the Frozen King will be published by Solaris Books in March 2014. Long time to wait, huh? Yes and no. There's plenty of work to do between now and then so I'm sure the time will just fly by. It's the kind of grunty publishing toil that normally goes on … Continue reading Talus is coming

Book deal news

I'm thrilled to announce I've just signed up with Solaris Books, leading UK publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction, to publish my new novel Talus and the Frozen King. The deal was agented by Dot Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency. What's that? You want to know what the novel's about? Oh, if … Continue reading Book deal news

The many lives of a writer – 4

Most people are like cats – they live not just one life, but many. Writers are no exception. Here's what happened when my fourth writing life got underway. Life 4 - Phantom fiction Sometime in the middle of 2007, my agent Dot Lumley asked me if I fancied writing a crime novel for a book packager. Somewhat … Continue reading The many lives of a writer – 4

Just published – The Dame Don’t Whimper

UPDATE - The Dame Don't Whimper is now available from the iTunes store - see the links below. The sixth novelette from my String City Mysteries series has just been published by 40k Books. Any publication day is exciting, but this one's particularly special. The first five stories in the series are reprints, having originally … Continue reading Just published – The Dame Don’t Whimper

Crime, fantasy or both?

My wife tells me I've been in a funny mood this week. Slow as I am on the uptake, I've only just realised why. I'm in that strange writer's limbo called floundering between manuscripts. As a result, my small human brain has been slowly shedding the last project and trying on the next (a process … Continue reading Crime, fantasy or both?

Just published – Girl in Pieces

If you're an arachnophobe, I'd advise you to look away now. That's because my latest ebook is full of spiders. In particular, there's a rather unfriendly spider queen called Arachne who likes to lay her eggs in unseemly places. If you're very unlucky, she'll show you her spinnerets ... The ebook in question is called … Continue reading Just published – Girl in Pieces

Just published – Still Point

If you've been following the strange adventures of my dimension-hopping detective, you may like to know there's new String City Mysteries ebook available. It's called Still Point and, like the others in the series, it's published by 40k Books and is available for Kindle and iTunes. This latest story sees our gumshoe hero playing Scheherazade … Continue reading Just published – Still Point

Interview with a weird detective

I was in a bar, minding my own business. Outside, the rain was coming down. Dirty jazz was seeping from even dirtier speakers and trade was so slow the barman had posted a BACK SOON sign. A man walked in. He was wearing a fedora and a tattered leather coat with bright yellow buttons. I … Continue reading Interview with a weird detective