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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Hometown - US release

Cry your pardon, but I've ballsed up. Turns out the US release for Hometown is 1st February next year. It's a distribution issue that I didn't realise affected the date to such an extent. I honestly thought the publication date was the same all over; alas, it isn't.

So, anyone on the other side of the pond will have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, you can still have a go of my other stuff either in print or on Kindle.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

30% off Hometown

A quick post to say Hometown is on the UK Amazon with 30% off. Yes, I know they don't have any in stock but that should be sorted very soon (it was the same yesterday and all the copies available in the morning sold by the afternoon). Either way, you can still get it for the reduced price. Which is better than a poke in the eye.

Amazon 30% off

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Hometown - published today

So, today's the day. Over a year in the making but here we are. Hometown is published today. As you might have guessed, I'm very chuffed with the way this one turned out so I'm hoping people enjoy the book. Feel free to let me know either way (I'm all for honest reviews, not having smoke blown up my arse).

It's available at several sites, but I figure Amazon is the one most people use, so:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

And not to forget the ebook version.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hometown - an excerpt and an interview

More shameless self-promo for Hometown. Two great writers have given me space on their sites to share the opening to my book and to do an interview. Have a gander at either or both if you're feeling particularly saucy.

Interview

Excerpt

Saturday, 16 July 2016

In my hand

Here it is. The physical copy of Hometown clutched in my sweaty hand.

Buy your copy now and impress your friends. And girls. Girls, especially.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Hometown - ghosts and monsters and all that good shit

With a week to go before Hometown is published, I've been thinking a fair bit about where my story came from and the funny thing is, I can't really narrow it down to a precise point. I did write a pretty awful book fifteen or sixteen years ago about a group of kids in their last year of school - those characters grew up to be the characters in Hometown - but the actual story idea...nope. All I can really be sure of is ten years after that first book is wondering about what the people in it might be up to now. Obviously their schooldays were long ago; they'd have jobs and partners and the usual life troubles that everyone goes through at some point. And maybe they were going through a bit more than usual problems.

Maybe ghosts and monsters and all that good shit.

That's more or less where the book came from. Characters who'd stayed with me for over a decade, sleeping in the back of my head while I grew older and (hopefully) became a better writer than the guy who'd created their first tale as directionless and rambling as it was. Characters ready for another story in a world that is not nice or kind. Characters who need to face that unkind world or die trying. So I came up with a rough outline and started writing. If I remember correctly, I wrote the opening 20k in a week off work which is a decent speed and rate for me and although the first draft was just as messy as most of my firsts, it definitely had something. Some potential, and it was only while working on the other drafts and edits that I realised that the something came from telling an honest story. I didn't try to say anything important about friendship or grief and how regret might be one of the worst things in the world; I just told my tale without any crap getting in the way. And now we have the result.

Ghosts and monsters and all that good shit.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Yep, another interview

Two interviews in one week? Madness!

More thoughts on writing, Hometown and all that business. Hope you like.

Interview the second