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.
In case I haven’t reminded you enough already, I thought I’d let you know that the third Paterson & Clocks book is now available through Amazon. You can get your copy here.
Many thanks to all those who helped the first two become bestsellers. I am deeply grateful to you and humbled that so many people bought them (I’m still in shock!).
Would love to hear your thoughts on this one.
Don’t forget, book 3 in the Paterson & Clocks crime thriller series is out tomorrow. Only available on Amazon. Search for ‘The Burning Men’ in the Kindle store.
I’ll post up the link when available.
Often, when we hear of youngsters being arrested for crimes, sometimes quite abhorrent crimes, you will get the glut of soundbites – ‘Oh, he was a good kid.’ ‘He kept himself to himself.’ ‘He was quiet, never thought he would do that.’ You know the sort of thing I mean.
In America, someone has questioned the ‘good kid’ scenario in the case of a young man arrested by police for trespassing (amongst other things) and the community are arguing that he’s a good kid and the police have got it wrong. Is he? Have they?