Burning & Glorious Today!
So, what happened was this.
Wrote a Bryant & May novel called ‘Full Dark House’.
Had it rejected by Little, Brown (Little, Brown bought z-celeb biography for a mint instead, lost shirt)
Took book to Transworld.
They liked it, commissioned two.
Those broke even, so they commissioned another.
(Repeat another eight times)
Published ‘The Burning Man’, got nice reviews.
Publisher asked for more and could they have a Christmas book please.
Said I could write up some missing Bryant & May cases, schedule was a bit tight.
Publisher said ‘Oh, we assumed you’d already written them.’
I laughed coquettishly, said Actually No.
Found that cases were in my head anyway so wrote book.
Added essay on crime writing, character studies, synopses of novels, contents of Arthur’s bookcase, Keith Page’s drawing of unit, said, ‘Finished, please may I leave the room?’
Book started selling out before publication date (without me selling out, if you know what I mean).
‘London’s Glory’ appears in hardback coupled with paperback of ‘The Burning Man’ on November 5th (geddit?)
Hopefully everyone happy until March 2016 when new novel ‘Strange Tide’ appears.
Ding dong merrily on high etc.