Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hometown - North American publication

So, it's about two weeks before the North American release of Hometown. Feels odd to be saying that six months after the British publication (six months that feels no longer than six weeks, to be honest). It's available for pre-order so feel free to fill your boots and get it as soon as it's released.

US release of Hometown

Canadian release of Hometown

It's also on GoodReads so add it to your lists over there. I'll be posting a few more pieces about the book during the next few weeks including a sample of the opening. Which is nice. Well, I say nice. It's not nice at all but what did you expect? It's a horror story.

With the odd nice bit thrown in. Maybe.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Latest book finished

Finished my new book this afternoon (well, first draft). There's a lot of work to be done to get it into shape which is almost always the way for me. In any case, the working title is Flesh And Blood because a) it fits, and b) I keep writing books with one word titles.

Have a good weekend, people.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016: Goodbye to all that

So, 2016 is on its way out and I think most people will be glad to see the end of it. Not that next year is looking like it'll have a promising start, but hey. Let's get at least 24 hours into 2017 before we write it off.

Professionally, it's been a year of ups and downs for me. More rejections than I would like to count, but also acceptances of what I think might be some of the best short fiction I've written; Hometown coming back to life and being published in the summer and the news my next novel, Ascent, will be published in June. Not to forget the North American release of Hometown a month from tomorrow.

I read some great books, watched some good films and even found stuff to watch on the tellybox that wasn't a fucking karaoke contest. I headed into the last year of my thirties, and I wrote quite a bit - much as I'll be doing next year. Related to that, 2017's writing involves finishing the first draft of my current book, leaving it for a few weeks while I edit at least one older book (and probably another); work on the pre-publication stuff for Ascent, go back to the current book to whip it into shape and write a short story or two that I have yet to think about. The stories are out there, though. In the dark. And what the hell? I may even land an agent in 2017. Stranger things have happened.

Stay safe. Be nice. Read some good books.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Sisters In The Green published

Just in time for Chrimbo, the collection that contains my short (actually, it's quite long) story The Sisters In The Green has been published. This one is a little different for me in that it's a lot longer than my usual short pieces. And for what it's worth, it all worked out quite nicely with my plan of telling a story the reader would be able to get stuck into.

Hope you like it. As always, feel free to let me know here or over on the Twitter.

UK Amazon

US Amazon

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Odds and sods and Captain Bollocks

It's an odds and sods sort of Sunday afternoon, so...

Writing-wise, I'm working on the first draft of a new book. It's as messy as my first drafts always are with scenes I know I'll have to bin completely, others that will be moved around and plotlines that will be massively expanded in later drafts. Overall, it's not terrible even if Hemingway was right: the first draft of anything is shit. In any case, I'm just under 40k at the moment and predict it'll be done by the middle of January. Then, of course, the real hard work begins.

Reading-wise, I've had a mixed bag of books lately - some that have really disappointed me and others (John Connolly's second volume of short fiction) which have been genius from start to finish. I've just started one called I, Lucifer which was a present from my brother. Early days, but enjoyable so far.

Film-wise, I finally got a copy of John Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness which I loved. Bonkers but genuinely creepy in places which is always a big plus. The recent remake of Pete's Dragon (you weren't expecting me to watch that, were you?) was excellent, and I'm looking forward to Train To Busan if the release date stops being pushed further back.

Other stuff-wise: Chrimbo presents need wrapping, 2016 needs to jog on because it's been a year I think almost everyone would like to forget (not that 2017 is shaping up to a great start with Captain Bollocks becoming President), and I'm looking forward to seeing the publication of Ascent next summer. If the world hasn't ended by then, of course.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Sisters In The Green available to order

Greetings on a cold winter evening. To fit the weather (even though it's set in the summer), the collection that features my (long) short story The Sisters In The Green is available to pre-order. Release date is 22nd December.

Over at these links:

UK Amazon

US Amazon