Slonský rides again!

The Book of Slaughter and Forgetting

This is now my latest book! You’ll find it here (UK) or here (USA).

Slonský is asked to investigate a cold case in which a retired policeman knows there was a miscarriage of justice. But it’s thirty years later, and the witnesses are ageing, their present day memories unreliable. What are the chances that he can find the real killer and earn a conviction?


A little parental help

St Ignatius

Sometimes children drive their parents to fantasise about sending them to boarding school. They don’t actually have to do it, of course, and the threat may be sufficient – hence the attached bogus prospectus, which parents are welcome to print out and leave around for their children to find. I hope they will appreciate home more once they have read it.

And the next one, please…

I continue to receive some lovely reviews and comments on The Outrageous Behaviour of Left-Handed Dwarves, so I hope people will be interested to hear that the next one in the series, The Book of Slaughter and Forgetting, is currently sitting on my desk while I read the proofs. It is due out on 10th November so please start saving your pocket money. I need hardly add that the two books together would make a very acceptable Christmas present / birthday present / Hanukkah present / doorstop.


Two weeks on – what have I learned?

My book was published in Kindle format a fortnight ago, and this week the paperback version has joined it. I don’t want to appear a Luddite, but for an author there is something special about holding an actual book rather than waving your Kindle around in celebration that you’ve finally been published.

(Just to be clear – I’ve been published before, but not as a sole author, and not as a writer of fiction.)

The first thing I’ve learned is that the writing is the easy bit. The promotional stuff takes up so much time that you don’t get to do any more writing. I suppose if I had an agent they would take that load off me, but I mustn’t complain because I actually enjoy doing it.

Second, people are incredibly kind and generous in their comments. At least, nobody has said anything nasty to my face. My book has been selected by a couple of book clubs and I’ve been invited to give a radio interview and a talk to a readers’ club. I began to feel I’m not quite so much of a fraud when I call myself a writer.