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…
This month sees our third blog entry from the incredible Paul Finch. The Former The Bill scriptwriter turned author is back this week with a sneak peek into his life as a journalist, a period in which Paul feels had a huge impact in becoming the author he is today…
People often ask me how it happened that I went from being a policeman to writing police stories. Well, the cross-over is not as straightforward as some may think.
While I was in the police, I wrote almost no fiction at all. I had a yearning to write – I’d always written fiction as a youngster, and my father had been a professional author, but whenever the temptation came over me, I used to tell myself that I was too tired, too stressed and too busy obsessing about dreadful incidents in the real world – and for the most part that was probably true. But it’s also the case that I was being sucked into a radically different discipline. I was buried in a world of procedure and legalities, which came to completely dominate my daily thinking. It was near enough impossible to go home at night and put the job, or whatever case you’d been working on, out of your mind. These were serious affairs after all, and people’s lives and liberties might be at stake.
This is something I’ve tried to bring into the Mark Heckenburg books in fact; the way police life can consume you. Even your recreation time tends to be spent with other police officers, or at least it often was for me, and usually such R&R consisted of drinking hard and yet again discussing the job. Anything else seemed frivolous.