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.