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Blackwatertown book launch early warning

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

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Guess who's hosting my Blackwatertown book launch? It's Paul Lewis, the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme and champion of ordinary people who get ripped off by corporate bandits. And you're invited. It'll be at 7pm UK-time, Tuesday 27th October. It'll be online - sorry, can't be helped with coronavirus - and I'll send out the link to join in a week in advance. There will be other special…

Has your book arrived?

Monday, 27 July 2020

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Lots of you have received your copies of Blackwatertown - across Britain and Ireland, north America, Europe, Asia. I'd love to see pictures of you holding it, or against some recognisable landmark or street sign. If you can't leave a comment below, you can email me at paulwaters99 AT hotmail DOT com

Thanks to Janice Staines for the Blackwatertown in space picture. Must have been a determined postie…

I was cross-examined by a champion...

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Courtrooms are daunting places. The witness box is even scarier. I’ve been there. But never up against such a daunting inquisitor as Tony Kent. He’s one of the UK’s top criminal barristers, as well as the author of a gripping series of thrillers – Killer Intent, Marked for Death and Power Play. I’ve read them all. You should too. He seems to have a uncanny and downright suspicious insight into how…

Blackwatertown publication date 23rd July 2020

Monday, 25 May 2020

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It's happening! Blackwatertown is being published in paperback and ebook on Thursday 23rd July 2020. Can you help me get it in bookshops?

(There's been some coronavirus-related disruption, delay and confusion about the publication date, but all looks set now.)

I know you've wanted to know when you'll finally have the book in your hands or on your e-reader, because I've had people asking me in…

Got you covered... (plus publication date!)

Monday, 4 May 2020

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(Sorry for the rapid resend, I'll explain why below) You're the first to see the book cover for Blackwatertown. And you're getting a bit of spine action too there. Hope you like it. Hope other potential readers do too. (Not showing you the back cover yet, because I'm finalising some very cool author quotes.)

And you're also the first I'm telling about my new website - my new author website. (Ooh…

Linda Grenfell and the Blackwatertown book launch

Friday, 27 March 2020

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Good news for Linda and everyone else. The lovely Linda Grenfell asks: "What's happening with Blackwatertown? Have you any information about when it might be available? Is it still in the process or has the project been abandoned?" And you, kind supporter, may be wondering the same thing. The short answers are: Lots. Yes. Yes. No.

What's been happening? The manuscript for Blackwatertown was delivered…

Most of you won't read this, so I'll tell you again when I see you. But...

Thursday, 16 January 2020

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for those of you who do read these updates - first of all, thank you - and secondly, here's where we are with Blackwatertown. I'm playing with cover ideas to send to the professional cover designer. It'll have my name, the book title, a celeb writer endorsement (all offers welcome) and perhaps a one-liner to draw in potential readers. And it'll have a picture.

The lone silhouetted male figure…

Comical, cool, dark and punches you in the gut

Tuesday, 3 December 2019


 The answer: They're both comical, cool, dark and punch you in the gut. The question: What do Muhammed Ali and my book Blackwatertown have in common?

That's according to Northern Irish writer and crime fiction reviewer Gerard Brennan - author of Disorder. In his DisorderGB podcast, Gerard says this about Blackwatertown:

It's comical at the start. Really cool writing quality and a really nice…

Running past the finish line

Wednesday, 23 October 2019


You already know that, thanks to you, Blackwatertown is 100% funded. But, like Rhasidat Adeleke (winning the 100m Final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku in July - one of her two gold medals there for Ireland), we've sprinted past the 100% with extra supporters piling in to bring the funding level to 104%. So  I have some new people to thank and also a major update for you on Blackwatertown…

Blackwatertown is 100% funded thanks to you...

Thursday, 26 September 2019

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100% Phew! The pictures are from the final push over the line. Top right corner, that’s old mate Su in local shop and community support Yaldens, with Matthew Yalden himself. They’ve backed Blackwatertown and helped spread the word. They sent me a thumbs up for 100%.

And that’s Parmjit Singh of Kashi House publishers, sitting where John Milton dictated Paradise Lost. Parmjit has been a great support…

The craic was ninety (per cent)

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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Loitering in the street, trying to persuade passersby to back my book Blackwatertown, could be a daunting prospect. But it can't be as daunting as trying to sell Peace By Peace round estates in Belfast when I was teenager, surely? (One friend in the Peace People had it particularly hard. With a beard, he ressembled Gerry Adams - a risky look in some parts of the city. Without it, he was the spit of…

Word of mouth to 85%

Sunday, 15 September 2019

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Blackwatertown is nearly to 100%. And yes, as the sign suggests, it really does exist. Though my version is fictionalised and set in the 1950s.

The reason I’ve reached 85% is because I asked a small number of generous people who had already supported Blackwatertown, not to back me again, but to think of one person they knew who might consider supporting the book and pre-ordering a copy. And then…

We've reached the 80s

Monday, 9 September 2019

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Our last update was at two thirds funded and I was waiting to hit three quarters before I got in touch again. But we've smashed through that to more than four fifths - 81% to be precise. And it's all because of y-y-y-you. (Max Headroom? Anybody?)

I've been spreading the word about Blackwatertown in various places - including on Mens Radio with host Kenny "the Man Whisperer" Mammarella-D'Cruz. An…

Blackwatertown two thirds of the way there

Monday, 29 July 2019

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Brilliant Beryl (that's her in the red) has taken Blackwatertown to two thirds of the way to being funded - thank you Beryl Lewis. I'm feeling optimistic!

And thanks too to renowned musician Layil Barr. I was hoping to add a video of her performing with MilLuna, but this website has defeated me. You'll find some here  Go see them if you have a chance. (You can get…

60 plus: I don't want to die in big knickers...

Monday, 15 July 2019

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I've finally reached the spritely 60+ level - that's percentage funding for Blackwatertown I'm talking about, thank you very much. And of course it's all thanks to you, dear supporters. And I'm honoured and privileged that among you is Karen from The Twisted Sisters band - see video. They're always irreverently lively live performers, usually in Ireland. If you get the chance, go see them. I did in…

Royal thanks

Thursday, 6 June 2019

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That's King George VI on the left, in naval uniform. He looks a bit starstruck. No wonder, when you realise he's walking beside the celebrated RUC District Inspector Michael Murphy - aka Great Uncle Mike - of B District. (On the right in the dark uniform.)

I'm sharing the picture with you to mark you taking my book Blackwatertown to 50% funding. Halfway to making the Unbound publishing and…

It started with a cyst, never thought it would come to this...

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


The oddest things can bring people together. That's my mate Su Verhoeven in the top right corner, with the green hair. She was talking to people around the world - her "Lovelies" via her YouTube channel. Su's a sharing type of person, and when a huge stubborn cyst grew on her back, boy did she share the gruesome details. But people didn't wince and turn away, they flocked to her videos. Tens of millions…

On the platform

Monday, 27 May 2019

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When you get a platform, it's good to give a platform. The Chiltern Chatter website and newsletter kindly gave me a platform to talk about my book Blackwatertown and asked me to talk about my favourite places. So I'm celebrating some businesses local to me - giving them a platform. It's helps that the people there are universally gorgeous - see pic of Tom behind the bar of the Jolly Cricketers (or…

Seamus Heaney and me

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

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The poetry of the late Seamus Heaney is one of the inspirations for Blackwatertown. I saw and heard him chat and read his poetry a few times in Belfast and London - and then celebrate Ted Hughes at his memorial service at Westminster Abbey. There's a special centre all about him in Bellaghy now, and famous Seamus has all sorts of famous poems. I love his work, but it's Bye-Child that has particular…

Now for the hard part...

Monday, 20 May 2019

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Thank you all for taking Blackwatertown to 31 per cent in under a week. The boffins at Unbound (the publisher) say that books reaching 30 per cent funding in 30 days are set fair to succeed. So we're smashing it.

But now for the hard part. I'm feeling the love from all of you who have pledged to support the book and have shared on social media and told other people. The next 69 per cent will be…

Murphy and Princess Elizabeth

Thursday, 16 May 2019

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The main man in Blackwatertown, Jolly Macken, is a demoted RUC sergeant in the 1950s. But sure what on earth would I know about that, a young strip like myself? Fair question. I wasn't around then, nor ever in the RUC. But I know some who were. Relations like the fine fella in the picture. It was a bit of a dangerous family tradition.

There was no difficulty finding gunmen back in the day. Swordsmen…

Doggone it! What a ten per center of a first day...

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

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Going live on something new can be daunting, even with Unbound rooting for you. Not everything goes right. For instance, my very first backer sent me the money for the first paperback directly, rather than through the website. So, when I lodged it, my name showed up on the list of supporters instead of his. Sorry about that Stan Burridge, official back number one.

Even with Stan's early backing…

Publication date: Summer 2020
108% funded
334 backers