Phone calls, books recommended, and a cough


I’m working on a lot of things at the moment. Short stories – well, I never – novels, and more novels. Each has a very distinctive voice which makes switching between them not as hard as it could be, though as with everything some stories start to take precedence and there’s a couple that I’m finding myself slipping into with increasing ease – to the point where I actually feel like I am there with my characters when I am writing them. This is a good sign. I play with a lot of stories at once (when there are no pressing deadlines) and this has the effect of making me look prolific (and also very slow). It’s the way my mind works, and the way I like to work.

If all things work out (and I don’t get another half dozen colds!) I’ll be finished with five books by the middle of 2013 (hopefully one of these by the end of the year – though I’m not sure which, they’re fighting it out in my skull at the moment).

Of course, sometimes things don’t work out, and this has been a year of that, healthwise, and focuswise for me. But onwards and upwards and all that.

Dad called me the other day to let me know how much he enjoyed Night’s Engines, which pleased me very much. He said he’d enjoyed it more than anything I’d ever written, and he couldn’t wait to read what I wrote next. Dad’s always been proud of me, and this rather foolish writing lark, but, you don’t get many phone calls like that – well, I don’t. So, obviously, if you’ve been thinking about buying the book, you now have my Dad’s recommendation (totally unbiased, of course).

By the way, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned them here before – not likely, as it’s been a while – but if you’re after a great Horror collection, Felicity Dowker’s Bread and Circuses is very much worth a look – I loved it (wrote the introduction I did). Felicity is one of the many newish writers that you’re all going to see win lots of awards in the next few years.

And Luke Preston’s Dark City Blue is about as high octane a crime novel as you could get. It’s an e-book through Momentum and well worth a read – though it may blow up in your face. I don’t blurb a hell of a lot of books, but this one grabbed me, and didn’t let go. Luke’s a page-turner of the highest order (or the most violent).

Check them out. You won’t regret it, except the lack of sleep from staying up all night reading them.

Now back to my stories, and this bloody cough.