Well, how to start a newsletter after everything that’s been going on? It’s worse than starting a novel. So much has happened, on a global scale, it’s almost impossible.
So, I’ll dive right in by saying I hope you’re all okay, and that your loved ones are too. I send you love and warmest wishes that you will come out the other side safe and well.
Looking back, I see my last newsletter was in March, just after the book launch for The Snow Thief. Ten days later, lockdown was announced. Continue Reading May 2020: life in lockdown
Just flown in from India and beautiful Dharamshala in the foothills of the Himalayas. Mission: to drop a copy of The Snow Thief to the Dalai Lama.
I couldn’t have been more welcome. Whenever I told anyone in town that my book was about Tibet, I got such an incredible response I stopped being embarrassed about taking people’s photographs. Continue Reading March 2020: The Snow Thief
HAPPY NEW YEAR! ☺☺☺
And a very happy start to a new decade!
Things here have kicked off with a blast, with another book out on 5th February. I am definitely like London buses. Nothing for 18 months and then, wham, you get more than you can shake a stick at.
Deep Black Lies is the sequel to Cold Echo which came out in September, but like all my series books, it can be read as a stand-alone. My copy editor read it without reading the first in the series and told me it works extremely well, so all my hard work seems to have paid off (phew).
Continue Reading January 2020: A new decade and a new book…
OK. Guess what’s on my Christmas list. Yep, you’ve got it. BOOKS! Oh, and some decent weather, please. It’s rained every day for as long as I can remember, but the good news is that it’s been great for writing, and I’ve just finished the copy-edit of The Snow Thief, for March publication.
This is the book which has been germinating for around a decade thanks to its controversial nature… It’s set in Tibet and told through the eyes of a Chinese police officer and poses the question of what might happen after the death of the Dalai Lama.
Continue Reading December 2019: Tibet and Tintin
Well here it is, another book for you! Cold Echo was published 23rd September and already has some great reviews (phew). If you pick up a copy, I really hope you enjoy it.
Cold Echo had an interesting beginning when I was told by my then publisher to write something “less international and more local”. I wasn’t entirely enamoured by the idea as I love my overseas settings, and decided if they wanted local, they’d get local (!) and I set it between Bath and Batheaston, just down the road from me.
Continue Reading September 2019: Flying high…
I did it! I became the first passenger in our home built aeroplane!
I’d been told that Vans RV-8s were exceptional aircraft but had no idea until I was in the air. They are strong, solid aircraft with a purposeful attitude. They’re also beautifully manoeuvrable and VERY fast!
Continue Reading August 2019: Fast flying and Cold Echo
It’s been a while since I blogged thanks to being absorbed in writing a new thriller as well as editing another and proofing yet another – an ongoing process of publishing that sometimes feels as though it’s getting a bit out of hand, but I’ve finished the edits and have two books coming out now, Over Your Shoulder on July 1st and Cold Echo on 24th September.
Having not had a book out for over a year it feels a bit like London buses!
Continue Reading June 2019: Portugal, aeroplanes and real-life psychopaths
At last, Spring is here! I am slowly coming out of hibernation, although I have to say I didn’t get out too much last week since we were being battered by gale force winds and horizontal rain. Pretty foul, but it was good reading weather!
Today, however, the sun is out, the daffodils are bobbing and the birds singing and displaying like crazy, trying to attract a mate. It’s all energizing stuff, the result of which resulted in my having a massive spring clean over the weekend. Continue Reading March 2019: Coming out of hibernation…
Christmas is around the corner and you can guess what I’ve been buying… yes! BOOKS!
From the Private Eye annual to Tequila Mockingbird (cocktails with a literary twist) and The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons, there’s something cheery for everyone out there.
Continue Reading December 2018: Irons in the fire…
Yesterday I landed back in the UK from Tokyo and I am now sitting in my office feeling somewhat bleary with jet-lag but very content after sating my wanderlust. Japan is an incredible country, on the one hand it’s spiritual and harmonious and on the other it’s absolutely crazy. A real land of contrasts.
Continue Reading October 2018: A land of contrasts