I’ve just finished the line edit for my next book, yesssss! A writer’s life is always punctuated by little triumphs, and although I still have the copy edit to come, it’s a relief knowing that there won’t be any big changes and that I can move on and concentrate on the next book.
Well, here I am, still in that awkward between-books state. Where some people feel they have to write every day, I find having a break does me good – which is why I’m writing this beneath a beach brolly in the garden. I’m on holiday (yippee!) not just physically, but mentally too. Continue Reading July 2017: The freedom of not writing
The award is now in its seventh year and recognises “the best in New Zealand crime fiction”, writes The Spinoff – wow! I’m very honoured to be standing alongside such brilliant talent, particular congratulations to Fiona Sussman and Ben Sanders, fellows at Allen and Unwin NZ.
Longlist entry: Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnier Zaffre): Dan Forrester is struggling to adjust to the gaps in his memory following the death of his son. After a stranger approaches him saying most of what he thinks about his life is a lie, Forrester gets caught up in a conspiracy, alongside a blackmailed woman and a disgraced female cop exiled to the rural backblocks. “It takes all sorts of wild leaps – terrorism, pharmaceutical experimentation – and lands soundly,” ruled ye judges.
The other long-listed books are:
- Dead Lemons by Finn Bell
- Pancake Money by Finn Bell
- Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnie Zaffre)
- Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)
- The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley (Quercus)
- The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
- Presumed Guilty by Mark McGinn (Merlot Publishing)
- Marshall’s Law by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
- A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart (Crime Wave Press)
- The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby)
The longlist is currently being considered by a panel of seven crime fiction experts from five countries. The finalists will be announced in August, along with the finalists for the best first novel and best true-crime categories. The winners will be announced at a WORD Christchurch event in October.
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It’s been a funny old time, the past few weeks. Being between books is always a little strange, creative-wise, because while I’m looking ahead at the next in the series (#4) I’m also working on #3. Continue Reading April 2017: The space between books…
Well, here I am, back home and back at work. I still feel a bit discombobulated (one of my favourite words) after my trip to NZ and Australia and I’m not sure if it’s the remnants of jet-lag or simply if I’m suffering from a bit of ergasiophobia (another favourite word). Continue Reading March 2017: How stories can save lives…
I’m writing this at 35,000ft above the Tasman Sea, flying from New Zealand to Australia – lucky me!
The launch of Tell Me A Lie has been terrific, thanks so much for all your reviews on Goodreads and Amazon – it means so much I can’t tell you. Not only does it get me noticed by new readers, but it makes me very happy ☺ ☺ as well as give me some really good feedback.
I can’t believe it’s been ten months since Dan Forrester and Lucy Davies hit the shelves – where has the time gone?!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and that your stockings came full of books – in my view there is no more perfect gift than a well-chosen book. But then I would say that being a book addict as well as an author!
Continue Reading January 2017: My top five books of 2016
I’ve chose NIGHT HERON by Adam Brookes as my book of the year!
One of the best British spy novels I’ve read.
I’ve just returned from buying fairy lights, mince pies, and 100g* Flux Cored Solder. The fairy lights and mince pies were for the kitchen, the solder for my chap, but as I stood in the queue in Halford’s, looking at the coils of silvery solder, my mind trotted off into thriller-writer-land and I wondered whether I could use it to restrain somebody. A type of makeshift handcuffs, you could say. Continue Reading December 2016: Can a writer stop working – even at Christmas?
Having just delivered the first draft of the third Dan Forrester novel to my publisher, I find myself in a strange old place between the old and the new. Continue Reading November 2016: Finding my McGuffin