Simon Toyne: It’s a deal!

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So THE TOWER published in paperback today. A bittersweet moment, because it’s the final book in the fantastically amazing SANCTUS trilogy. It’s been such an exciting journey publishing Simon’s first series. We hope you’ve all enjoyed the ride, and thanks so much to the loyal fans who have supported Simon every step of the way (you know who you are!).

But for every end there is a new beginning. And we are absolutely thrilled to share with our Killer Readers the news that Simon has signed a brand new deal with HarperCollins. FOR FIVE BOOKS! The new series will centre around the mysterious character of Solomon Creed – a man with no memory of his identity or past life, who embarks on a journey to discover who he is and search for redemption over the course of five thrillers.

The first book will be released in 2015 – by which time we suspect the question on everyone’s lips will be… ‘WHO IS SOLOMON CREED?’

And here’s Simon, signing his life away…

Simon T signing

Thrillerfest 2013

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ThrillerFest kicks off today, and the programme this year looks absolutely brilliant. The event boasts a star-studded line-up, and we are proud to tell you that FOUR of our supremely talented authors are taking part! Without further ado, we present…

Simon Toyne by Toby Madden USESimon Toyne: Author of the bestselling SANCTUS series and keeper of magnificent head of hair. Simon is on the panel: ‘BARCELONA OR BAGHDAD? Researching International Locales’, at 9.30am on Saturday. This seems a particularly fitting topic for Simon, as his novels take place many miles from his home town of Brighton – an ancient citadel in Turkey, the Syrian Desert, the USA, and more.

Bruce HolsingerBruce Holsinger: Bruce’s stunning debut novel A Burnable Book will be published next January. Don’t be fooled by his scholarly air – he may be a renowned professor of medieval studies, but he’s also a fitness junkie, musician, and devourer of all kinds of thrillers. His panel is therefore highly appropriate: ‘IS READING REALLY CONSIDERED WORKING? Studying Other Writers to Improve Storytelling and Craft’ at 10.30am on Saturday.

Andrew Kaplan: Andrew is an international bestselling author, and was most recently approached to write the original prequel to HOMELAND, the hit television drama. I was so incredibly excited when I found out we were publishing this book. I love the show, and can’t wait to find out more about how it all began – especially Carrie’s background. Andrew is taking part in the panel ‘IS THE COLD WAR HOT AGAIN? Spy Thrillers’ at 2pm on Saturday.

Andrew Gross: Bestselling thriller writer Andrew Gross is also taking part. His panel is at 4pm on Saturday, and is entitled: ‘HOW DO YOU MASTER THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD? Multiple POV’. This one sounds very  interesting – I am always so impressed with the way some authors deftly manage the various points of view within a novel – be it thriller or otherwise. I can barely keep track of my own thoughts most of the time – let alone multiple characters’ voices in my head!

All in all, it looks to be a superb array of really interesting topics – sure to spark some lively debate amongst the panelists! Others I wish I could attend are: ‘WHY DID YOU KILL OFF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER?’ ‘ HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN SUSPENSE TO THE VERY LAST WORD?’ and ‘FIST, KNIFE OR GUN? The Action Toolbox’.

To find out more, check out the website here: http://www.thrillerfest.com/