Last week brought some exciting news, as I discovered that Justice For All has been selected as a recommended summer read by the Daily Mirror newspaper, which has a circulation of around 1.5 million readers a day! My novel, which featured alongside the latest offerings from big-league authors Simon Kernick and Jeff Abbott, was described as ‘a debut of the highest order’, and was deemed ‘uncompromising from start to finish.’ As you can imagine, I was chuffed to bits. Pre-launch publicity doesn’t come any better than this, and hopefully it will translate into some decent sales once the book hits the high streets on the 15th August. Click here to read the full review.
On the writing front, most of last week was spent working on the third novel in the Zac Hunter series, ‘The Beholder.’ It was good to get back to it after a few days away, and while progress thus far has been of the stop-start variety, it’s been progress nevertheless, and I’m pleased with how the book’s shaping up. In addition, I was also asked to write a short piece on Justice For All for Crime Time magazine, focusing on the journey that the book underwent from genesis to publication. Click here to read the article.
Gigs are in short supply in Norwich at this time of year, as things tend to quieten down while the university students are on their summer break, but I did snag a couple of tickets to see Evan Dando (lead singer with the Lemonheads) on Friday night. Armed with just a guitar and a lengthy back catalogue, Dando put on a great show, proving himself to be one of the best singer-songwriters of modern times. Support came from punk-folk troubadour Frank Turner, who was impressive on stage and off, as he spent much of the night chatting freely with the audience. Chances are, this will be the last gig I go to before the major summer music festivals, and if it is, it was a good way to sign off.
Next week I’m expecting a call from Manx Radio (who serve the Isle of Mann) to record my first ever interview regarding Justice For All. Tune in to the 11th August blog to see how I got on!