At this time of the year I like to look back over the year's major writing achievements and activities (before looking forward to the coming year) so I thought I'd do a quick round up of all that has happened regarding my writing in 2009. I hope it doesn't bore you, but if it does you can always click off.
The Suffocating Sea
, the third Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel, was published in trade paperback in February 2009. It was chosen as one of the Top Ten BEST OF BRITISH CRIME FICTION by The Book Depository, the fastest growing book distributor in Europe.
I was on Angel Radio, Havant. I was also on Wolf Radio, Wolverhampton talking about my crime novels and the unsolved murder of my Great Aunt Martha Giles who was killed fifty years ago, and my thwarted efforts to get the case re-opened.
The mass market paperback edition of Deadly Waters
was published in March 2009. The second in the marine mystery series to feature my fictional detective, Andy Horton. This has already been published in hardcover and trade paperback in the UK and USA, and as an unabridged Audio Book.
I was on the Mike Powell show on BBC Radio Solent and BBC Southern Counties. I was also guest speaker at Mengeham WI Meeting, Hayling Island.
In April 2009 The Suffocating Sea was published by Isis as an unabridged Audio book in CD and cassette format and as an MP3 download.
Dead Man's Wharf
, the fourth Inspector Horton crime novel was published in hardcover in April 2009. It was given a star-rated review by Kirkus and hailed as an 'exemplary procedural.’
I was on BBC Radio Solent – The Julian Clegg Breakfast Show, and Isle of Wight radio with Alex Dyke.
Lots of speaking engagements in May including being guest speaker at The Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London at the Pink Ladies Lunch in aid of Breast Cancer. I also travelled to Cornwall to give talks at St Ives Library and St Austell Library.
A book signing at The Hayling Island Bookshop, my home patch. It was great to meet some faithful fans as well as introduce the novels to some new readers.
This was followed in July with a guest appearance at Hayling Island Library's grand re-opening after a major refurbishment programme.
Two of my motivational/communication books
were published in Chinese and Turkish. Being Positive and Staying Positive and Communicating with More Confidence
August saw the publication of three of my new business books
published by Crimson. Successful Marketing, Successful Sales and Successful Customer Service.
September, and a successful tour in the North East of England with talks at Newcastle City Library, North Shields Library and at the Richmond Walking & Book Festival with top crime writers Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and Peter Robinson. I was also invited to the Mayor of Havant’s Civic reception and grand re-opening of the Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant. And I was on BBC Radio Solent.
The Suffocating Sea was published in Large Print. Over forty people joined me for afternoon tea and a talk at the 60+ Festival at Portsmouth Central Library
Another busy month for talks and charity. There was an author talk at Lee-on-the-Solent Library and a visit to the Rocky Appeals shop at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth where I signed copies of In Cold Daylight donated to raise money for the Portsmouth Hospitals Rocky Appeal shop. They were snapped up raising £90.00 for new digital keyhole operating theatres. Then on 17 November I was guest speaker at a charity lunch held on behalf of the Wessex Cancer Trust and helped to raise £800.00 for the charity.
Turkish Delight - Turkish Publisher Babiali Kultur Yayinciligi of Istanbul bought the rights to In Cold Daylight
and In For The Kill
my stand alone thrillers,which are to be published in Turkey in February and March 2010.
All in all it's been an eventful year! And it's not over yet! On Christmas Eve I will be at the BBC radio Solent Christmas Party on air between 7.30am and 9.30am.
In between all this I have been writing (of course) and the new crime novel featuring Inspector Andy Horton called Blood on the Sand
will be published in the UK in February 2010 and in the USA in April 2010.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.