So, it’s been yet another hectic month! How time has flown! Book 5, ‘Deadly Hope’ has been completed, well, at least the bare essentials have, and I have to say, its explosive, exciting and I think you’re really going to love it! It’s got plenty more plot twists and turns, with some old faces popping up throughout the story, and some new ones to keep things fresh! I can’t wait to share it with you all!
Have a read below to see what I’ve been getting up to!
IN THE MEDIA
BBC Radio Wiltshire
I recently appeared live on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on Sue Davies Book Club show and it was a wonderful, (albeit early) Sunday morning at the studios. There was even coffee, but as Sue kindly pointed out, a distinct lack of biscuits!
The interview was fantastic, and I was really excited to be invited to appear on the show, considering my links to Wiltshire, having lived in Warminster and been an avid visitor of Swindon and Malmesbury, not to mention Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, and many others. It was a real pleasure to speak to the station which singlehandedly helped me navigate across 3 counties during the horrendous winters of 2008, 2009 and 2010 when I was alloy deep in snow and facing minus 10 temperatures, after being stranded in my home in Warminster for over a week! It’s one of my favourite radio stations so it was a real honour!
I got to talk to a few of the producers and staff at the studio, and they really made me feel welcome, especially Lena Samuels who helped me navigate the coffee machine! I also discussed returning for another interview soon, so watch this space!
BBC Radio Solent
Turns out, this month has been busy for public appearances! As well as appearing on BBC Radio Wiltshire this month, I was also invited into another radio studio, this time on BBC Radio Solent in Southampton to chat to Sasha Twining about my life and inspirations leading up to the publication of ‘Hit’ and the Mark King series as a whole.
It was a fantastic experience and what turned into nearly an hour interview with Sasha, was something I was really excited about. Being my local radio station, it was a privilege to be invited on and also invited to come back to do another a little further down the line!
During the interview, we discussed how my previous career had changed so dramatically into being a full time author, and my inspiration and inception for ‘Hit’. Also I discussed how the whole process had affected me as an author as well as a person. It really was a fantastic time!
There have been some fantastic reviews on social media and other forums, including my personal favourite ‘Bond, with an attitude!’ ‘Hit’ has been well received, with some describing it as
‘A fairly quick read and one I could not put down. The ending was brilliant. I look forward to the next book!’
‘A great story which kept me on the edge of my seat which I highly recommend’
‘This book, for me, had a bit of a Liam Neeson feel about it. There are lots on chases and surprising mysteries in this book to keep you entertained!’
It was a long 10 days on the blog tour, and one filled with interviews, sharing my work ethic, research and development and character creation stories with everyone which I absolutely loved!
I would personally like to thank each and every blogger in the blog tour for ‘Hit’ and all those who were involved whether directly or indirectly. You have all been fantastic in hosting me and ‘Hit’ and I have loved taking part in it!
It feels great to talk about the aspects of a book not often discussed, and it got me thinking about the various routines and funny quirks I have when I’m writing. Writing to music is certainly the one which yields the best results and really sets the mood for writing. I’ve been discussing this a lot with people over Facebook and Twitter lately as I really feel setting the right writing mood, helps create the perfect mood IN the writing!
THE MARK KING SERIES
As some of you may or may not know, I got married in July, and spent a beautiful and peaceful honeymoon in Italy. It was quite handy actually as Book 6, ‘The Order of The Twelve,’ is based in and around Rome. Much as I promised my wife I wouldn’t use it for research, you cannot help but marvel at the rich history and culture of Rome and Venice. We made some wonderful friends out there which we are still in touch with now, and no doubt, they will find their way into interacting with Mark King as the book progresses.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that, strangely, work has begun storyboarding for book 23, ‘Black Dawn’. I don’t want to give too much away at this stage, as I am in the early stages of development, but it will involve some familiar characters, as well as some new ones currently being developed. At this point in time I will disclose that parts of it take place in South Korea, and, just when you think the powers that be cannot throw anything more deadly, more time constrained and more sinister, Mark is once again called upon to pick up his rifle and go back to his killing ways to help an allied governments overcome a world ending threat. Watch this space!
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