There has been plenty to report. But I haven’t had the time. I really don’t have much time now. At the moment I’m writing book 3 (YES BOOK BLOODY 3) in the Eddie Flynn series, completing the second round of edits for Book 2 in the series and doing a hundred and one other things. Like drinking tea. Not editing, not writing the new book, and writing this blog.
So I’ll keep this brief and you lovely folks (yes you, the lovely people who read this) can expect more regular blogging soon.
In June – yes we’re going way back here – I got word that The Defence had been longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. I blogged about that for Britcrime, and even though I didn’t make the longlist I was flabbertyjarsted to be nominated. Yes I know, that’s a new word – flabbertyjarsted. It’s like being in Jonathon Swift’s shed round here.
I also had a great time at some festivals – principally the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival where I was truly honoured to share the stage with some mates – Brian McGilloway, Eoin McNamee, Stuart Neville and Adrian McKinty. Jesus H, I was nervous, but once I managed to get up on stage I calmed down and we all had a nice chat. The audience reaction was great, it was a sell out crowd and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Next up I’ll be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with my buddy Mason Cross, and we’ll be wrestled into shape by the inimitable and very cool Russel McLean. I had the pleasure of meeting Russel at Harrogate and we got on famously. Very much looking forward to that, and if you’d like to attend you can buy tickets here. And if you feeling exceptionally generous (remember I’ve already told you you’re lovely) you can vote for The Defence in the Edinburgh First Novel Award here.
After Edinburgh I’ll be attending Bloody Scotland, and I can’t wait for that one. So I’ll blog a little more, very soon.
As you were. And put that down, you’ll have someone’s eye out.