In the spotlight

It's almost publication time (as I may have mentioned once or twice before)... and here's a strange analogy for the feeling. 

It's like being caught in a very bright spotlight.

I don't mean that in a bad way.  I suppse it's like an actor's nerves, when he or she is about to step onto the stage. It's what they do, what they've worked towards for all this time, but it's such a big moment and it's charged with electricity.

It's not just about me, either, these feelings.  I can sense the pressure of the expectation of others upon me.

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The Final Countdown

I couldn't resist the 80's pop-tastic lyrical allusion, that being my decade, but I'm thinking about the books thing.

In fact, it's what I've mostly been thinking about these last few weeks, as the day of publication of Shadows of Justice nears.

Have I mentioned the book is out on May 1st?  I think I may have slipped it in occasionally... just once or twice...

Forgive the excitement, please.  What I wanted to talk about was the preparations I've been making, and one in particular...

... choosing a reading from the new book. 

This is proving tricky! 

I've got a... Read more

A phoney calm

It's now two weeks and one day (not that I'm still counting) until publication of Shadows of Justice, and all is calm... at least, on the surface.

This is a strange time in the life of an author.  The work is done - all two years and more of it - so all that's left to do is wait.

The final edits have been signed off, the cover and blurb, the marketing copy, it's all complete.  Now it's just a question of awaiting publication day.

It's a curious feeling.  Every day, I have a thought about the printing presses running... Read more

Heart of Character

A very fine question has been posed of me, which I shall duly attempt to answer - why am I so committed to my careers work?

The easy response is that there's little more important in all our lives, in my view, than to do our best to help the next generation.

The tougher answer goes to the heart of character, which is why it's such a powerful and impressive question.

Before we go on, a quick visual interlude of me at St James School in Exeter, talking about the importance of hard work in finding a good career, during... Read more

People and plots

I've been thinking about a journey I've been fascinated to follow.

It's not just the whole writing thing (which has been a delight in itself), but one particular area - the battle between the people and the plot in a novel. 

And it is a battle - because they're both jostling for a limited space.

When I first started writing, I was much more interested in the plot.  I suspect that's quite usual for authors of crime fiction - the story does tend to dominate.

But my view has changed over the years.  I've become more and more interested in... Read more