Well, here we are, well into the New Year and in the middle of my least favourite month. February always seems to drag on forever, but I have to admit that the dull grey days are great for this writer as I don’t have any urge to head outside and play hookey!
Yippee! The eBook for Know Me Now is now out! And so far the reviews have been great, so I’m really pleased. It’s always a bit of a harrowing time until you get some feedback on a new book, and the relief at all those 4 and 5 star reviews has been massive, believe me.
Fancy getting ahead of the game? Grabbing a free, pre-publication copy of my new book Know Me Now?
Just go to NetGalley and in return for your free copy all you have to do is give it an honest review. It doesn’t have to be an essay – I know how busy everyone is – but a line or two and a rating would be fantastic. I’d love to know what you think!
Where did the month go?! It feels like yesterday that I last blogged but it’s been four weeks! What on earth has been going on?!
My time seems to have been gobbled up by firstly, the copy-edit of Know Me Now, where we try and make sure the story’s continuity is absolutely unassailable along with checking and double-checking that any facts quoted are correct, for example that an old Land Rover’s windows slide open rather than being wound down with a handle.
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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What happened to the month? Where has it gone?! One second I’m blogging about being between books and I’m dismayed to find I still am – yikes!
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…