Over the summer I went to do some tai chi training in Hong Kong, which happened to be where I sent Nadia and Jake in the final book, 88 North. When I wasn’t training, I spent quite a bit of time re-tracing their steps in Wan Chai, Central, the Peak, Victoria Park, etc.
I fell asleep for 15 minutes, and woke up with this in my head.
The Writer’s Manifesto
I, the undersigned writer, understand and accept the following ten conditions:
- I will never be completely happy with my manuscript, because it always could have been just that little bit better.
As a thriller writer, whether action or psychological, the beginning and end of a novel are not usually the danger zones. It’s the middle. That’s the part when things can slow down or get confusing, and the reader can put the book down and begin searching on Netflix… So, you need something to keep the reader, and even the writer, going full steam ahead.… Read the rest
I’m working on the new novel, The dead can lie, about Greg Adams, a criminal psychologist whose wife was murdered by a serial killer. A year on, Greg has got nowhere trying to track down the ‘Dreamer’, and comes close to blowing his brains out, when gets a new lead.… Read the rest
The Nadia Laksheva series contains a lot of diving, and as they say, write what you know… I’ve just been diving with sharks and mantas in Socorro Islands, off the western coast of Mexican Baja. These are remote uninhabited islands in the Pacific Ocean, famed for sightings of many large ocean-going fish (called pelagics), including sharks and giant mantas, as well as humpback whales and dolphins.
On the menu in May were mainly sharks and mantas.… Read the rest
By definition, it’s not always easy to find out how the world of espionage works, so how does a writer create it? At least one reviewer of my Nadia Laksheva spy series believes I may actually be a spy (former, she hopes).… Read the rest
I’ve been getting feedback from people who have read 88 North, the finale to the series that started with 66 Metres and charts Nadia’s progress in her personal war against the terrorist Salamander. In short, people are telling me this is the best book.… Read the rest
I’ve now appeared in at least 5 book bloggers favourite books for 2017, one just in had both 66 Metres and 37 Hours in the top 5, which is rare to see. I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all the book bloggers who have reviewed my books over the past year.… Read the rest
The first 12 reviews are up on Amazon for 88 North (there are a couple of others on Goodreads), so I thought I’d see what they said, and find out whether I gave Nadia and Jake a good final outing. Writing and finishing the book in 6 months really took it out of me, and I found it emotionally draining at times, not to mention the early morning insomnia-fuelled sessions.… Read the rest
88 North came out yesterday, sliding into #10 on Apple iBooks, and already with some rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. As part of the ongoing Blog Tour I did an interview with a blogger, which you can read here.… Read the rest
- 37 Hours
- 66 Metres
- 88 North
- Amazon reviews
- Blog Tours
- Daviid Baldacci
- Getting Published
- Jack Reacher
- Lee Child
- Nadia Laksheva
- nuclear disasters
- Psychological thriller
- Scuba diving
- shark attack
- Stieg Larsson
- The dead can lie
- word cloud
- writer's block
- writing process