I found this article online today and it got me thinking. It’s about the daughter of a notorious serial killer and the question she’s always asked is ‘how could she not know?’. It is, I suppose, a fair question. How could she have grown up with a father who, over roughly twenty years, murdered ten people (that can be proved – may well be more), brought home ‘trophies’ and yet she had no idea. Is that really possible?
We tend to think of these killers as being distinctly odd, or obvious in their behaviours and I suspect that may well be that television and books have played a large part in this misconception. We all like a villain to look like a villain; it gives us an object to hate, to focus on and maybe on some level, helps us to think that we would have spotted them. We would have known them. We would have been able to tell and yet, how many times do we get friends and neighbours giving interviews saying, ‘he was a lovely man’, ‘a really good guy’, and ‘just can’t believe he’s done it.’
That’s because many serial killers live ‘ordinary’ suburban lives; hold down jobs, go to their kids’ PTA meetings, go shopping to ASDA on a Saturday, help the neighbours dig the garden over (probably experienced in that…) and a million other things that make sure they stay hidden in plain sight.
Have a little read of the article and let me know your thoughts.
Retired detective Paul Anthony kindly invited me to be interviewed for his blog and I was more than happy to oblige. Paul is an independent publisher who has written several books and screenplays and is a former winner of the Independent Authors Network Featured Author Contest. He was also a Featured Author at the ‘Books without Borders’ event in Yonkers, New York in 2012. A busy man!
We covered a range of subjects from my favourite authors to what I feel are some of the biggest challenges facing authors today. If you’re interested, you can find the interview here in all its glory.
If you get the opportunity, please swing by his site and have a look at his books and hopefully, you’ll find something that piques your interest.
My thanks to Paul for inviting me to be a guest on his blog.
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!! Hope 2019 brings you everything you want for yourselves and your loved ones.
Looking back on 2018 I have to say, Wow! That was an interesting year! I went from nothing to having three books released in a six month period. The fourth one has been written and is (nearly) ready for submission. Made lots of new friends (mostly real) got to meet some fantastic authors and bloggers (you know who you are) and I want to thank you all for your love, help and support.
Thanks to everybody who’s dropped by on here and had a little read and thanks to those of you who dropped me a line to say ‘Hi’. I’m grateful to you all.
Oh, and I capped it all off with emergency root canal work today.😕
I just wanted to drop by and wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This has been a ‘productive’ year for me, shall we say, and I’ve gotten to ‘meet’ (some in person) some hugely creative people who are a real inspiration and chatted with a number of readers who have been nothing short of fantastic and encouraging.
I’ve stepped into a whole new world that I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to, and found it to be full of the most friendly and supportive people who are just…bloody diamonds!
So, a huge thanks to all you readers, bloggers, reviewers, writers and everyone else who’s walked with me on this most unusual journey over the last six months (you all know who you are) and given me love, help and support. I am extremely grateful to you all.
Paterson & Clocks are gearing themselves up for another busy year next year and I can’t wait to see what the pair of loveable little rascals get up to next! 😉
See you in the new year!
I just read the article below and had to do a double-take at the secondary headline:
Fatah Abdullah is alleged to have bought a knife, balaclava, “explosive pre-cursors” including chemicals, more than 8,000 matches and a number of fuses.
Okay, as shocking as this story is the thing that caught my attention was, why the hell he needed 8,000 matches! What was he planning to do with 8,000 matches?
I’m genuinely curious about this so if anyone can come up with an explanation or some suggestion, I’d love to hear it.
Earlier in the week, I was privileged to be interviewed by Gareth Stevens, a fellow writer, for his blog. After he contacted me and asked for an interview I popped along to have a look at his site. What a little treasure trove of information it is. Apart from Gareth blogging about his own experiences as he writes and publishes his own work, there are numerous interviews with authors who write in different genres and a look into other aspects of the industry.
I’ve always found it interesting and inspirational to read about how other authors work, the path they take to publication and how it’s worked out for them and I lost myself in reading some of the stories on the site.
There’s literally all sorts of interesting stuff to read on there and I recommend you go have a look.
My interview can be found here.
Gareth’s website address is GJStevens. com and this is his first book.
Yesterday was the first ever Joffe Books Christmas party and what a day it was. With some of the biggest names in the Joffe stable travelling from all over the country to be there in central London and what a delightful bunch of people they all were (considering we all write about murder and mayhem!).
For me, it was very odd because I was, for all intents and purposes, the new kid on the block. I joined Joffe just about six months ago and went from knowing no authors at all to rubbing shoulders with bestsellers Joy Ellis (1.5m sold), Helen H Durrant (700,000) and Charlie Gallagher (200,000) and of course, so many others of equal status all of whom have such fantastic books out there in the world and all of whom are clambering their way up the charts.
And again, it’s strange because these people are not household names in the traditional sense but time and time again, they beat out many of the ‘names’ in the best selling chart. Indeed, from my own point of view, I’ve been in front of James Patterson, Peter James and even herself, JK (bow down, all) and I can’t quite take it in. Book 3 in the Paterson & Clocks series came out on Friday and already it’s in the top 200 bestsellers (I did get notice that it hit No 87 at one point but that it will take a few days to settle down).
Mind boggling for a bloke who just taps away on a laptop on his dining table.