Friday, 30 April 2010

I like to be in America (OK by me in America)

Well, at least when I'm packing to go home I won't have the irritating problem of how I fit the prize into my suitcase. Like most people at last night's Edgars awards dinner I left having met some interesting people and made some new friends but without a statuette to mislay at the after-party. Probably PD James should have felt more miffed that her hotly-tipped "Talking about Detective Fiction" didn't win a prize. I was in the "happy just to be nominated" section of the room. And we're having a great time over here courtesy of my American publisher, Felony and Mayhem. After a few days in New York, Ann and I are off to Arlington VA today, for Malice Domestic, where I am on a panel on Saturday discussing the legacy of the Golden Age of crime fiction. My thanks to everyone here and in the UK who has sent their good wishes over the past few days. Next year, perhaps ....

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Launch details of The Lady's Slipper

If anyone would like to join me  - I know it is unlikely, but I thought I'd invite you all - the launch of TLS will be on Monday 7th June from 4 - 6.30pm at Townend, a historic house in Troutbeck near Windermere (see left). If anyone would like to come just reply to this post and I'll send you all the details.

Anyone else got any events in the offing, signings etc? I thought here might be a good place to put them if we want to spread the word.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Best Paperback Original

If the wind doesn't change direction and if the air stays clear, Len and Anne will be in New York City this week. On Thursday evening, they'll hang out with other crime/mystery writers at the 64th Gala Banquet held by Mystery Writers of America. Len's "The Herring-Seller's Apprentice" is shortlisted for an Edgar Award in the category of Best Paperback Original.

Good luck, Len. We're cheering for you.

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Just thought I'd post up the latest snippets of MNW-related news rather than type up bits of the WIP (writing it is great, but typing it up...blargh...)

SO if you've already been published by MNW then you're definitely not eligible to enter the Waterstones new short story competition. But it's a great competition, and the judges include our Will, and some of us MNWers. It all looks very cool. Good luck to the judges - that's always a bit of a thankless task, methinks.

And also huge congrats to Terri Wiltshire, who's on the longlist for the Wales Book of the Year competition with Carry Me Home. Go Terri! We all love a bit of good news.

Friday, 16 April 2010

The Literary Project Interviews

The Literary Project will feature seven Macmillan New Writers on the blog next week. Spread the word, and it would be nice to have some comments here as well as there!