Happy Publication Day Greg Iles, Alex Barclay, Stuart MacBride, & Mark Sanderson!

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Four fabulous new titles out this Thursday.

The electrifying second installment of the NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy by No.1 New York Times bestseller, Greg Iles — THE BONE TREE comes out today in the UK and Australia. US friends, you don’t have much longer to wait. The book comes out in the States and Canada April 21st.

In her most shocking case yet, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce takes on a depraved serial killer fueled by a warped sense of justice. KILLING WAYS by Alex Barclay is out in Ireland today! Did you catch the author’s brilliant article in The Irish Times? Coming to the UK this autumn.

The new Logan McRae short novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING, featuring his most popular characters, Acting DI Logan McRae and DCI Robert Steel. CID isn’t what it used to be… 22 Dead Little Bodies by Stuart MacBride is now available. Have you entered our giveaway on Facebook?

London, 1938. With a world war on the horizon, a shocking crime begins to unfold – and one reporter knows too much to be allowed to survive. Could ROBIN HOOD YARD by Mark Sanderson be your next killer read?

Q&A with author Alex Barclay #killerfest15

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Alex Barclay c Muireann Brady

Photograph by Muireann Brady

Killing Ways

Your (author) name: Alex Barclay

Tell us about yourself: I live in Cork, I write crime novels, I love coffee.

Tell us about your latest book: It’s called Killing Ways and it’s the fifth featuring Ren Bryce. Brief lowdown: a serial rapist and murderer is operating in Denver, Ren makes the link between the killings, and it leads down a truly dark path with devastating consequences.

When did you start writing? When I was very young; it was something I always loved. I worked as a journalist from the age of eighteen and, later, as a copywriter. I was twenty-eight when I started writing my first book – Darkhouse.

Where do you write? Mainly in my office, sometimes in the living room, and sometimes in my local coffee shop. If I’m away, I love quaint little hotel foyers, and, in Dublin, I like Tower Records café on Dawson Street. I’m always on the look-out for somewhere with the right atmosphere.

Which other authors do you admire? In no particular order, Chuck Palahniuk, Daphne du Maurier, David Sedaris, Declan Hughes, Donal Ryan, Philip Roth, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Koryta, Kevin Wignall, Tom Spanbauer, Alexander McCall Smith, Jim Thompson.

Book you wished you’d written? Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Greatest fictional criminal: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford from The Killer Inside Me.

Greatest crime or criminal from the real world: Three-quarter-length pants and the men who wear them. It’s hot out, but, whoa, not so hot that my calves can be exposed. Shorts/trousers: they’re your options.

What scares you? Spiders. And men in three-quarter-length pants.

Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination? I can be disturbed by the scenes I write, but not by my imagination. I love to go dark, but the darkness is always attached to a character, so it feels at a remove from who I am.

3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE: 

Do you listen to music when you write? Most of the time, yes. It can be eerily quiet otherwise. From 7 to 10 on weekdays, I listen to Marty in the Morning on Lyric FM: it’s also feelgood and funny – no bad news. After that, I move back and forth between Lyric FM for classical, Spotify for classical/ambient/acoustic/chill-out playlists, and cinemix.fr, which is purely movie scores. On Saturdays, I listen to Movies & Musicals on Lyric. I love how you can hear stories in scores.

Are you on social media? Harper Collins looks after my Facebook page, and I’m getting there with Twitter… 

How can fans connect with you? The best way is to email me at alex@alexbarclay.co.uk.


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Doing Nothing is To Writing As Writing is To…? #killerfest15

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I once rented a house in the country for a few months in which to write. Every day, I started at six a.m. at the kitchen table, kept the curtains drawn, stayed in my pyjamas until lunchtime, stopped to shower, then back to write until at least eight most nights.

One day, shortly after one, the owner stopped by. She looked at me in my pyjamas, walked past, went into the living room, and threw open all the curtains. Then she said something along the lines of “do you ever start before lunchtime?” I can’t remember exactly because my brain started to implode when she went for the curtains.

But, could I blame her for the question? Short of me live-streaming the event, the house was no hive of activity. You’d need to live-stream the inside of my brain to get any sense of action. And that would be an information supershitshow.

And she couldn’t see what went on behind the curtains. But, even if she could, here are ten reasons why writing is the job that most closely resembles doing nothing:

  1. I am at home all day, mainly sitting down.
  2. I am at home all day and the housework still isn’t finished.
  3. I am wearing tracksuit bottoms, a vest, and thick socks, but not exercising (half-suit, no track).
  4. My desk looks like I’ve had a coffee morning with friends.
  5. Though I have the “run” of the house, my verb of action is “wander”.
  6. I stare into space while listening to cello playlists.
  7. Deadline time, my office looks like it’s been burgled around me and I just let it happen.
  8. Research involves not just reading books and reports, which appears diligent and professionally acceptable, but also searching the internet, watching documentaries, and being on the phone, sometimes laughing.
  9. I ignore any task that isn’t writing, leaving other, way more visible, tasks undone… while I “sit around” “doing what exactly”?
  10. Sometimes cutting and pasting is the biggest move I make.

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