Monday, 26 March 2018
Ups and Downs
Well, what a fortnight that was!
A Murder To Die For is still selling well and is turning up in bookshops everywhere. The reviews for it on Amazon and Goodreads are all very positive and mostly 5*****, which is very flattering. And, last Thursday, I had the great pleasure of spending an evening talking about writing, murder-mystery and the Unbound experience at Waterstones' huge branch in Oxford. I still haven't quite got over seeing this in their window:
Every author dreams of things like this.
What's next? Well, the audiobook is being recorded in the middle of April by none other than Rula Lenska. I'll be popping along to the studios to meet her and the team at Isis Audiobooks to grab a few selfies and some words from them.
Oh, and my author portrait from the inside back cover of A Murder To Die For has had two outings this week: once on that poster in Waterstones, and also in an art exhibition. Yes! I've been a work of art!
Mark Page is an award-winning photographer (and is currently the UK's Erotic Artist of the Year - I love telling people that he did my portrait!). However, he's now moving away from naked people and spending more time doing street photography. His latest exhibition is called Faces of Wycombe and hundreds of his powerful black and white portraits have been on display in a gallery in the town this week. They capture everyone he managed to persuade to have their photograph taken during a handful of pop-up studio days in the town centre last year. It's a wonderful snapshot of High Wycombe - which has always been an eclectic and arty place (it boasts Dusty Springfield, Howard Jones, James Corden, Terry Pratchett, Jimmy Carr, Jean Shrimpton, Heston Blumenthal, Karl Popper and The MIghty Boosh among its glittering alumni) - and its many characters. I was delighted to be part of it and even more delighted that Mark has received so much acclaim for his work.
However ... bad news follows good and I'm sad to report that the sequel to A Murder To Die For is struggling. Funding for The Diabolical Club is crawling along at an arthritic snail's pace and is averaging about 1% per week. The total currently sits at 39% so, if things don't speed up, it's going to take over a year from now to get it funded. Adding on production time, the book won't be in shops until 2020. Like all crowdfunders, I've been going through those dark nights of the soul and wondering whether the book will ever see the light of day. But I'm not someone who gives up easily. So I've added some new pledge levels this past week and there's a new extract for people to read. The fight goes on.
So, if you enjoyed A Murder To Die For and fancy reading some more about Agnes Crabbe, Nasely, Frank Shunter and a whole new cast of comic characters, please pledge now! Here's the link.