There’s no rest for the wicked, as the saying goes – which makes me think I must have been very wicked indeed because I’ve been working really hard getting my next Wesley Peterson novel, The Mermaid’s Scream, in a fit condition to be read and commented on by my friend (a great crime fan who can be trusted to tell me if something’s not working or doesn’t seem quite right). She’s given her verdict now and the next stage will be acting upon her criticisms and suggestions. However, in the meantime, I’m giving myself a week’s break which I’ll celebrate by meeting friends for lunch, catching up with some of those little jobs that have been annoying me for ages and attending the Crime Writers’ Association Annual Conference in Norwich at the weekend.
In March I spoke at Bingham Library in Nottinghamshire to a lovely and enthusiastic audience (I even met a lady there who’d been to my old junior school!) I always enjoy getting out and meeting readers so I really enjoyed the day (and many thanks to everyone who helped to organise the event). As well as working on The Mermaid’s Scream as I’ve said, I’ve also been busy arranging events to mark to paperback publication of The House of Eyes in August. There’ll be signings arranged nearer the time but I’ve already fixed up some library events in the North East and Devon – see my events page for details.
I’m very proud to say that my younger son has just had two books published (history text books rather than fiction) with a third in the pipeline. His third is about seventeenth century witchcraft, a subject I dealt with in The Shadow Collector, so he was able to borrow some of my reference books and share some of my original sources. It amused me when he complained with a heavy sigh that I’d never warned him that writing was such hard work!
I’ve taken on one extra job that’s been an absolute pleasure. As a member of the Detection Club I was asked to write a short story in honour of a very special author. An anthology is to be published to mark the eightieth birthday of Peter Lovesey, one of my all time favourite writers and a wonderful man. My story, The Mole Catcher’s Daughter, is set in the reign of Queen Victoria and was inspired by Peter’s fantastic Sergeant Cribb series (many of you will remember it on TV starring Alan Dobie) and I do hope it’s a worthy tribute to his work.