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.
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.