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- WORDS AND MUSIC…
Well, once again it has been too long time since I last posted an article, and I could give you all manner of reasons and justifications, but I won’t.
Safe to say, I have been busy, not only with the new book (‘Carnival of Shadows’, release date 22 May), but I have also been working [...]
- No strangers here…
No strangers here…only friends we’ve yet to meet…
Apologies for the modified WB Yeats quote, but I kind of like the cadence of my version.
I wanted to post a blog about Bouchercon. For those of you who do not know, Bouchercon is an annual crime fiction festival that is held in a different US [...]
- …a new slow-motion thriller…
May 22, 2014. I have been remiss in posting a new blog.
I did intend to maintain some degree of consistency, but I have been otherwise distracted with the task of final editorial changes to the new novel for 2014, due for release on May 22nd.
I am sure, as always, that there will some [...]
- GEORGIA ON MY MIND…
Many years ago, soon after the release of 'A Quiet Belief in Angels', I went to Georgia to make a little piece for the Richard & Judy Book Club and Channel 4. It was an incredible trip. I was asked by the Travel Section of the Mail on Sunday to write an article about my [...]
- TRUMAN CAPOTE/HARPER LEE
AN INTERESTING SLANT ON THE TRUMAN CAPOTE/HARPER LEE RELATIONSHIP BY NORMAN MAILER… (Originally published Dec. ’07)
Someone forwarded the following essay to me, and I thought – in light of Norman Mailer’s recent death – that it was of great interest, especially considering my personal love of the book, ‘In Cold Blood’…
In the winter [...]
- The One Hundred Thousand Word barrier…
(From February 2007). Once again far too much time has elapsed since I last posted, but nevertheless I have been working relentlessly on a new book for publication in 2008.
After the necessary admission that ‘Patron Saint of Thieves’ was not the right book to follow ‘A Quiet Belief In Angels’ I have been writing [...]
- On The Research Trail…
(August 2006). Evidently dissatisfied with the prospect of working on two different books simultaneously, I have started my research for another book, tentively entitled ‘The Night Skater’.
I am currently working on an American-European art theft thriller (Book Number Six), a storyline that crosses the U.S. and then encompasses events in Paris, Marseilles, London and [...]
- A Comment on Writing Locations…
This blog was originally posted in August 2006, and was entitled 'A Message for Alex'.
Received an e-mail from Alex who asked why, as an Englishman, do I write about America, and how important is it to get the right 'feel' when you are writing about a particular location.
So here's my answer…
Interestingly enough, [...]
- From blank page to Bookstore
(July 2006) Working on the basis of about 10,000 words a week I aim to complete the first draft of a novel in three months or so. A second draft might take another week.
Once complete, a hard copy is forwarded to my agent. He comes back with recommended revisions and changes, and once those [...]
- DYING FOR YOUR ART
DYING FOR YOUR ART: A BRIEF WORD ON TRUMAN CAPOTE (July 2006)
Some months ago, while trawling through imdb.com, I came across a reference to Philip Seynour Hoffman’s portrayal of Truman Capote in the film ‘Capote’. As is now widely known Hoffman went on to win the Oscar for his role. I ordered the film [...]
- N/A, 11 April , 2014 – Festval sans Nom
- 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm, 23 April , 2014 – 7pm Halesowen Library: Author signing and talk.
- N/A, 13 June , 2014 – Book Fair, Limoges, France
- N/A, 13 November , 2014 – Bouchercon 2014, Annual World Mystery Convention, USA.
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