|April 2016 Went to the London Book Fair to keep in touch with ‘the business’. Came back both exhausted and energized. There was too much to see; huge areas filled with hundreds of stands belonging to all the major publishers plus many more smaller ones from all over the world; plus organisations representing every aspect of the book trade: from agents to printers. I spent a lot of time in the Author HQ where roll over presentations were held on all aspects of writing, with a heavy bias towards the emerging independent writing and publishing market.
Jan 2016 Just finishing Kidnapping Hitler. It’s been a long haul but worth it. Had to break off a few times for vacations and visits here and there. All in all, a happy and satisfying few months. Once complete then on with the first real publicity campaign for my work.
April 2015 Begun writing Kidnapping Hitler, the third in the Hawkwind WWII adventure series. It is set in Berlin as the war ends. All my six current ebooks will hopefully be out as paperbacks soon. I’ve said this before but it’s a slow business. Ebooks are so easy to publish! Also been in discussion with director Gabe Kern concerning a new stage run of my already successful farce, Mrs H of Baker Street.
Jan/Feb 2015 The Reluctant Spy published last December. Now on with publicity.
Nov 2014 Still on with Reluctant Spy. Hoping to have it out as an ebook in Dec. Followed by a paperback version.
Sept/Oct 2014 Progressing steadily with Reluctant Spy. Lots of research needed which eats up the time, but has to be done.
April/May 2014 Writing my latest novel The Reluctant Spy. A spy story set just before WWI starts and explains how it all happened. Romance and adventure in the turmoil of Europe.
Feb/March 2014 Just finished the second book in the WWII Hawkwind heroic adventure series, Beaches of Blood. This one will be ready to read as an ebook after 3rd March. Paperback version in Summer along with Island of Steel, the first in the series. And by the way, not only is this a thrilling action novel, it contains a fascinating overview of the build up to the D-Day invasion.
June 2013 Doing the final publicity for the first three stories in Detective Ladies of Baker Street series (sales are happening already in the US, Japan, and the UK). Once done I shall continue with the second of the Operation Hawkwind books, Beaches of Blood. Around the 20th, I shall start a research trip at Southwick House, Portsmouth, where the D-Day invasion was planned and executed. Then over to Normandy to visit the beaches, followed by a trip to the HQ of the German Atlantic Wall defences at Chateau La Roche Guyon, between Paris and the coast. But mustn’t forget to keep writing while I’m enjoying myself.
I have now published three ebooks of my comic crime series, The Detective Ladies of Baker Street. The Missing Mr Moonstone, Jack the Nipper, Death Holds a Seance
are out on Kindle and Kobo. I had an enjoyable time at the London Book Fair, where I was promoting them. The conceit of the Detective Ladies is that after Sherlock Holmes is believed dead falling over the Reichenbach Falls when fighting his deadly enemy Moriarty, his landlady, Mrs Hudson and her maid continue his work.
January 2013. Focusing on publicising my first ebook, the WWII action adventure, Island of Steel, set on the occupied Channel Island of Guernsey, number one of a trilogy. There is a YouTube promo out (see the Island page). The book is out on Kindle. I have connected with Goodreads, and Wattpad, and am getting lots of Twitter followers.
I had an excellent interview on Radio Guernsey in Nov for Island of Steel,
which is set on Guernsey in 1944. It was great fun and increased sales: thanks to everyone who bought. Next year I shall publish the follow-up book, Beaches of Blood
, set just before the D-Day landings. While on the island I visited the fascinating Underground Military Museum, which is in a complex of tunnels built by the Germans to house their U-Boats. The picture shows me standing in front of a WW2 tank which was used in the film the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This amused me, for one of publicity tags for Island of Steel
reads: The world of Indiana Jones meets World War II!
September 2012 Published my first ebook, Island of Steel, number one of a planned adventure series set in and after World War Two. A maverick bunch of Allied servicemen and French Resistance fighters are ordered to capture a VIP officer inspecting the defences of the German controlled Channel Islands – but they only have 24 hours to do it.