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  • 31420_402024319783_525499783_4002405_3895785_n[1]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 [...]

  • photo-8 - Copy (2)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 [...]

  • images…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 [...]

  • CNV00030GEORGIA 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 [...]

  • indexTRUMAN 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 [...]

  • PA152628The 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 [...]

  • PA172798On 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 [...]

  • PA152655A 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, [...]

  • PB213006From 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 [...]

  • indexDYING 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 [...]

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