ONE AWARD, TWO COVERS, BELFAST NOIR LAUNCH AND A REVIEW OR TEN.

I did say last time that I’d blog more often. I did, didn’t I? Well, I had good intentions. Too bad. I’m here now. Let’s forget about it. Honestly. It’s okay, have a mince pie. No, not that one, the dog’s been at it. Yes, a bit of bleach and that should come right out. […]

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THE KINDNESS OF CRIME WRITERS AND MY LOWER INTESTINES: MY FIRST AUTHOR GIG

  Busy? Busy? Yes, I’ve been busy. Busy writing, redrafting, editing, eating biscuits, and generally working like crazy on the next Eddie Flynn novel. So I’ve been a little remiss with the old blog posts, something I intend to remedy. So here is a long overdue post about my first gig as a writer. Even […]

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A DRAFT OF THEAKSTONS

It’s been a while. How are you? Has the cream worked? Excellent. So, I’ve had a bit of a blogging hiatus whilst I’ve been up to my hiatus in the first draft of book two in the Eddie Flynn series. It’s good. I think it could be my best yet. No-one has seen it but […]

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Bottled Lightning – Jack Reacher, Larceny and Lessons for Writers

I have a confession to make. I was a Chris McQuarrie fan before I was a Lee Child fan. Who’s Chris McQuarrie? Some of you may have heard of a little movie called The Way of The Gun. It had a small theatrical release and nobody went to see it. I did. I was first […]

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Blog Tour – My Writing Process

  A little while ago I was delighted to hear from Rob Pateman, who tagged me into the blog tour on ‘the writing process.’ You can check out Rob’s answers here Rob and I are lucky enough to be represented by the same literary agency and we have the very same Editor at Orion in […]

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Belfast Noir

It’s been a busy old time here. As some of you may know, late last year I was invited to contribute a short story for Belfast Noir. This is the latest from the award-winning Akashic Books city noir series. It was with some surprise that I got an email from the Stuart Neville, who had […]

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365 days until publication

  In exactly one year’s time you, yes I mean you, oh blessed reader-of-impeccable-taste, will be able to pop into your local bookshop and buy a copy of my debut novel, THE DEFENCE, published by the good people at Orion Books. With a year to go there is still much to be done to the […]

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Harry Bosch From Page to Screen: The Long Hello

Adapting a beloved crime series for TV or film is fraught with danger. Of the writers that have had many of their works adapted for the screen, they will say the best way to handle the process is to meet the producer in a parking lot, the producer throws the writer a suitcase full of […]

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From Disaster to a Dream Come True Part 2 – Getting a Publisher

In Part 1 I talked about what it was like to be accepted by a leading literary agent and the waiting, hoping and nail-biting inevitably involved when you’re searching for a literary agent. I know what it’s like to be on that search, to have that goal. Once I’d achieved it I thought I’d got […]

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Rules of Writing via Nazis, Kafka and Peter Sellers

  If anyone reading this post has not read Elmore Leonard’s rules of writing, stop now, do a Google search (other search engines are available but they’re not as good and the FBI won’t get to read your history – seems a shame to keep them out in the cold) and enjoy. Oh, and do […]

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