From Bristol With Love
I’m at Bristol Crimefest, talking with authors and publishers about books and what’s ahead. Bits of Bristol like the Christmas Steps are charming, although the city seems to have endless building works. The Crimefest writers and guests are erudite and great fun to hang out with, and there are some terrific US writers I hadn’t discovered like Bill Beverly and CJ Box, who’ve encouraged me to go home with so many heavy bags of new books. Plus, there’s the genial conviviality of the Crime Writers Association members – so if you’re a budding crime author or an experienced one, you should seriously think about attending events like this.
Downsides? The Marriott hotel is rather trapped in the 1990s and still charges for wi-fi, plus the inevitable clash of panels means you can’t be everywhere at once – but the events are of a high calibre and there’s pretty much something for every fiction lover.
I’m getting interest in my upcoming thriller (out first as an e-book on July 6th, then later as a print novel), and from ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors’ (print, October 26th), with the usual accusations of being too prolific! (I already had ‘Bryant & May: Wild Chamber’ and the e-collection of new stories, ‘Frightening’, out earlier this year). Coming early next year are a new Bryant & May, the 1960s-set ‘Hall of Mirrors’, followed by ‘The Foot on the Crown’, about London in the Dark Ages.
There’s another panel first thing tomorrow, then I’m back to London and on to Barcelona, and on to Kos for a week off on a boat with a group of friends from London and Washington. I’ll be touring later in the year for ‘Forgotten Authors’, and prepping a new project I’m very excited about, along with new Bryant & Mays, the novel ‘Crazy Lady’, and hopefully more LK Fox novels. I’m not quite sure how I’ve only ended up with only one week’s holiday this year, but writing’s what I love best so it’s (almost) like a vacation to me!