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.

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I just read the article below and had to do a double-take at the secondary headline:

Iranian in court accused of buying chemicals to prepare for UK terror attack

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.

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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.

 

Hi folks.

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.

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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.

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I bring you news!

The official release date for Book #3 in the Paterson and Clocks series is the 7th of December. It’ll only be available in the Kindle format at time of release. The paperback will follow shortly.

I’ve gone a little bit old school on this one in terms of its content but believe me when I tell you that one of the villains is seriously…different!

If you haven’t already read them, the first two books in the series can be found here and will help you get to know the characters and backstory a bit better.

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Here’s the blurb:

On the streets of London, a simmering gang war is about to erupt.

It’s first casualty, tied to a stake and burned alive, is Davey Caine, the only son and heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of south-east London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Albert Tanner, A one-eyed psychopath with delusions of grandeur and a flair for the theatrical, rules the east end of London with a rod of iron and kills without conscience in a very particular and brutal way.

Both men have seen the future and they know that the Albanian Mafia, with control over the north and west, will soon look to expand into their territories. A take-over is coming but are the Albanians really the threat they’re made out to be, or is it someone closer to home?

As the streets explode into violence and the body count starts, men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat game of power. Caught in the middle, Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme violence. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way – including them.

Under pressure and desperate to stop the killings, Paterson is stunned when he’s suddenly offered the chance to stop it dead in its tracks.  If he ignores it, the killings continue. If he takes it, there’s a price to pay. What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.

In the end, power is everything and when this war is over, the only winner will be the one with nothing to lose.

And, here’s the cover.

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