Author Update: What I’m Writing Next
Well, ‘Strange Tide’ has barely hit the ground (we haven’t had the launch party yet!) and I’m hard at work on ‘Wild Chamber’. To all those of you who yelled at me for what I did to Arthur Bryant, I hope now all is being forgiven.
Of course most readers buy the paperback (although hardback sales are gradually increasing for authors) so it will be another year before many get to that point. The gap between conception and publication remains frustratingly wide.
‘Strange Tide’ was a joy to write – I especially relished the chance of creating the surprising guest appearance at the end of the book – and now I’m sending my decrepit duo into the ‘Wild Chamber’ – an old nickname for a London park. There’s a new member of staff, a baffling crime, a trip into London’s past and a way toward the PCU’s future. This will be the third volume in a four book contract, so whatever happens there will be another novel after this.
There’s a script for a TV version which I really like, but getting commissions is a notoriously random and lengthy process, so who knows what will happen there? Meanwhile there are a number of other irons in the fire.
The latest issue of ‘Interzone’ has a story by me in it called ‘Spine’ – I’ve always enjoyed writing short-form and am about to do it again for New York’s illustrious Mysterious Press with a limited edition novella called ‘Reconciliation Day’.
After this, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on a standalone thriller entitled ‘Unexpected’. This is a departure for me but something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s very hard getting readers of one style to read another – I doubt many hardcore Bryant & May fans read ‘The Sand Men’ for instance – but an intriguing challenge.
I have detailed plans for three further novels beyond this, all in different states of preparation. In the coming month, at Scarborough’s ‘Books by the Beach’ festival here and at First Monday Crime in central London here we’ll be discussing crime in all its forms. If you’re in either area come along and say hi!
The photo shows one of London’s small hidden parks.