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 Ravineby 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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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 Goodreadsand 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.