The year started slowly, but with the delayed publication of my latest book WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT set for December 2022, things are beginning to heat up. Two of the events I’m involved with this year are:
ONLINE for the UK Crime Book Club August Festival. I’ll be discussing the Domestic Noir genre with the amazing Tina Baker. She’s a brilliant writer and judging from her lively and witty appearances on TV, I imagine the conversation will sizzle! Sunday 14th August at 5pm (UK time). The UKCBC is always open to newcomers. So come along with your questions for us. Or catch later on youtube https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=uk%20crime%20book%20club
On Friday 23rd September, I’ll be in Hastings/St Leonards for the Hastings Litfest to talk with mega bestseller and multi-prize winning author Alex Marwood. I love Alex’s books so I can’t wait to meet her. The venue is the atmospheric KinoTeatr in St Leonards on Sea at 3pm. We’ll both be signing books afterwards. Check out the festival website here: https://www.hastingslitfest.org/
Like everyone, I was not out and about much during the pandemic. And after the publication of The Guesthouse, most things came to a halt. However you can check out a few online things I was involved with on the welcome page.
Even if you’re not forced to stay home, autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to sit in the warmth and read a scary book. And what could be better than gothic fiction? I chewed over the subject with two superb authors at Spookfest.
Whilst so many events have been cancelled, I’m happy to say that I will be taking part in a virtual murder mystery weekend at the end of September. It’s sounds as if it will be a lot of fun, with all kinds of events (cookery demos, virtual cocktail party and the author Q&A that I’ll be involved in) ell, of course, as the mystery to solve. Here’s the link if you’re interested: Murder Mystery Cruise
Events for 2019
Lots happening in 2019 including the publication of a new novel, ALL THE LITTLE LIES. The ebook is out in February and the paperback launches on May 2nd. Both formats can be ordered or pre-ordered from all booksellers.
I love talking to readers so do say hello if you are able to visit any of these EVENTS.
I’ll be the guest author at one of the wonderful UK Reading Retreats. The venue is a beautiful harbour front house on the outskirts of Eastbourne. It runs from Friday 11th-Monday 14th January and I’ll be there for dinner and bookish conversation on Saturday 12th January.
Bristol Crimefest comes round again in May 2019 and I shall definitely be there. This year I’ll be on two panels. On Thursday 9th May it’s Authors Remembered at 5pm where I’ll be talking about the wonderful Mary Stewart. Next day – Friday 10th at 10 a.m. I’m moderating a discussion between four incredible crime writers. Take a look at the programme to find out who they are. My books will of course be available and I’ll be signing after each panel. But you don’t need to buy a book to come and chat! I’d love to see you.
Brighton and Hove Book Fayre is on June 8th and I’ll be around all day. Even better I’ll be alongside my good friend fellow crime writer Sheila Bugler author of the successful Ellen Kelly detective series.
I’m hoping that July will mark my first visit to Harrogate for the wonder that is Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Festival
I’ll be signing copies of all my books at the bookfair, on August 31, at the hugely successful Hastings Litfest.
September is going to be a very exciting month. I’ll be flying to New York and returning on the Queen Mary 2 lecturing on English murder mysteries.
AND MORE – watch this space.
On May 13th it’s the Brighton and Hove Book Fayre, which coincides with the famous Brighton Fringe Festival. So if you’re in the area do drop in and see me. The Fayre takes place on Saturday May 12th 2-6 p.m here
I’ll once again be at the Bristol Crimefest which this year takes place on 17-20 May 2018. This year I’m speaking on two panels, both on the first day – Thursday 17th – so I shall be there from the off!
A new literary festival is due to have its first outing from August 31- 2 September 2018 in my home town of Hastings and I’m thrilled to be appearing there with some wonderful fellow writers. You can check out the programme here.
Also in September 2018 I’m off to Stirling where I’m excited take part for the first time in the wonderful Bloody Scotland.
I recently judged the Flash 500 competition. A great place to read some brilliant examples of this challenging and exciting format and for writers to get their work out there (and win prizes!) Details here: Flash 500 competition
I’ll be in conversation with the wonderful crime writer Sheila Bugler at the Underground Theatre Eastbourne on 10th November 2017. The evening begins at 7pm. Details from The Underground Theatre
On the following afternoon, 11th November, I’ll be there again taking part in the Eastbourne book festival
On Saturday September 23rd 2017 I shall be at the Hailsham Festival with copies of all my books including the just released Her Deadly Secret