Willow Walk is here . . .

It’s a cheers from Leo, and a cheers from me!

Happy eBook release day to me! Willow Walk is out NOW (this is both very exciting and very terrifying!) To celebrate release day, I am doing a Q&A on twitter with another four BritCrime authors who have books out today: Mark Billingham, Cal Moriarty, Steven Dunne and Chris Ewan. You can tweet us your Qs using the hashtag #CrimeFive and we will answer them from 5pm. You can also find me over at Jane Isaac’s blog today, Rebecca Bradley’s tomorrow and Anne Cater’s on Saturday.

One of the biggest things I learned from the release of Black Wood is just how important reviews are. Reviews help get a book noticed, and I read somewhere recently that 50 reviews on Amazon really helps get the book into their algorithms, so it is shared more. Obviously I want everyone to find my book – so if you read it, please review on Amazon, Goodreads and any other places that do reviews – they really help! One of my fab blogger friends, Vicki, has been campaigning on twitter recently, encouraging people to write reviews and to cherish books – both sentiments I agree with entirety – you can read about it HERE

Anyway, enough about the book – it’s out there now… and I am dying to know what you all think of it! FYI – Black Wood reached #14 in the overall kindle chart, and #1 in psychological, Scottish and several other categories. I wonder how Willow Walk will do?!

P.S. I had a fantastic time at Newcastle Noir last weekend – there are a few photos HERE

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Next stop: Crimefest (Bristol)

2014 Round-Up

So 2014 was the year of the Scottish Referendum, Michael Schumacher’s accident, the mystery of flight MH370, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the massive Ebola outbreak, Pistorius’ never-ending trial, the sad passing of Robin Williams, George Clooney being taken off the market and of course, the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge.

For me, it was the year I was shortlisted for the CWA Margery Allingham competition, changed jobs (twice), moved house, got a book deal, spent the summer in a caravan and turned 40…

It was also the year that I struggled to write! Getting the book deal was fantastic. I really enjoyed working with my editor and getting the book polished, and I was so excited to see the cover and hear about lots of exciting things that will be happening next year – the year of BLACK WOOD‘s release. But trying to focus myself enough to finish another novel has been a challenge. I haven’t even written a short story. I’m hoping to fix this soon 🙂

So while I wasn’t able to write, I was still able to read…

Just a few of my favourites from 2014 (in no particular order)

  • THE FINAL SILENCE – by Stuart Neville
  • WATCHING OVER YOU – By Mel Sherratt
  • CARNAL ACTS – by Sam Alexander
  • CRY BABY – by David Jackson
  • THE DEFENCE  – by Steve Cavanagh (out 2015)
  • SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN – by Sarah Hilary
  • LONG WAY HOME – by Eva Dolan
  • BIRD BOX – by Josh Malerman
  • WOLF – by Mo Hayder
  • TENACITY – by James Law (out 2015)
  • THE JUDAS SCAR – by Amanda Jennings
  • THE HIDDEN GIRL – by Louise Millar
  • THE HUMMINGBIRD – by Kati Hiekkapelto
  • THE TELLING ERROR – by Sophie Hannah
  • FROM THE CRADLE – by Mark Edwards and Louise Voss
  • DYING FOR CHRISTMAS – by Tammy Cohen
  • THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – by Paula Hawkins (out 2015)
  • DISCLAIMER – by Renee Knight (out 2015)

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Christmas will be a difficult time for our family this year, but we aim to make the most of it. Make sure you do too 🙂 xx

What the Dickens? Literary Magazine #WTDzine

I’d like to tell you about my latest exciting news from the world of writing… I’m very pleased to announce that I am now a regular contributor to the fabulous What the Dickens? Magazine! I was lucky to have a short story accepted for Issue 1, and then a couple of flashes in subsequent issues (you can find the links here) so I was delighted to be asked to be involved on a regular basis.

If you haven’t seen this magazine before, you should go and check it out now… It comes out bi-monthly and each issue has a theme – this one being ‘The Pumpkin Edition’. As well as lots of features about writing/reading, it also contains info on other creative arts including music, theatre, screenwriting and everything else ‘creative’ you can think of. There are reviews, author features, writing prompts, photos and competitions, not to mention a wide range of short stories and poems. The magazine is currently available online only, but watch this space as there is more exciting news to follow soon!

Click on the magazine cover to read online (you can also find all issues in the kindle store).

My article in ‘The Curious Creative Life’ section can be found on Page 65.