Is There Life After Crime Fiction? Here’s the challenge. You’ve made a bit of a name for yourself in crime fiction. After picking up Orion’s cri-fi invitation you’ve written sixteen books, sold the TV rights, and enjoyed yourself. But the prospect of penning yet another police interview is driving you insane and you badly need to explore another genre.So what do you do?The answer, as so often in life, ghosts in from left field. We happened to be on the Galician coast a couple of years back, in a sleepy little fishing...
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 15:04
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 15:00
Q&A for Tom Leins Considering your reputation as one of Britain’s finest police procedural writers, I was surprised to learn that the early Joe Faraday books were written at the behest of your publisher – not because of any particular enthusiasm for crime fiction. In hindsight, does it surprise you that the series went on to span twelve novels? The short answer is yes. I agreed the first three-book contract because there was nothing else on offer. I didn’t (and still don’t) like crime fiction, and rarely read the stuff. Prior to the...
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 14:58
Curtain Call…the inside story… Chick lit was never going to be my thing until I happened across Enora Andressen. It was summer last year, half past three in the morning. We were living in a remote French hamlet south of the Loire and I awoke with a single sentence fully formed. The neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor. There it was, Nothing less, nothing more. Present tense. Slightly mysterious. A single beckoning finger. Neuro-surgeon? Metaphor? These tiny gifts from the deep subconscious happen...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 17:49
We're celebrating the hardback publication of "Estocada" at an event at Exmouth Library on the evening of Wednesday 4th July, starting at 7.00 pm. Wines and nibbles on offer, plus a chance to toast the weather and buy a discounted copy of the sequel to "Aurore". All welcome.
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 14:47
"Estocada" is the third in the "Wars Within" trilogy, and the hardback is to be published on 22nd June. News travels slowly in the West Country, and so we're having a semi-formal launch on the evening of Wednesday 4th July at Exmouth Library in Exeter Road, starting at 7.00 pm. Wine and nibbles for those lucky enough to make it. No tickets. No charge. No dress code. So do come along and raise a glass to "Finisterre", "Aurore", and now "Estocada".
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:12
Just to let you all know that yours truly will be at appearing on the BBC Radio Devon contribution to World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, followed by evening library talks at Hythe (near Southampton) on Tuesday 20th March (19.30), Lymington on Wednesday 21st March (19.00), and Fareham on Thursday 22nd March (19.30).See you there?
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:30
Me and the Virus: a confession Here’s the thing. You want to write. You need to write. You’re thirteen years old. Just. Nothing much has happened to you yet in the way of plot, or character(s), or any of those presents from real life that age may one day leave on your doorstep. But you persevere because, in some hard-to-fathom way, you have to. It’s a virus thing. It’s in your bloodstream. It’s deep in your bones. It nests everywhere. It won’t leave you alone. Your...
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 15:10
Surprised (and delighted) to find my name and favorite cover on the short list for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. This turns out to be a new presence on the prize scene but there are some big names in the mix and the lucky winner gets to trouser a large cheque. Back awhile, I shared the Theakstons Crime Prize shortlist with Stef Penny, who won with an outstanding read: "The Tenderness of Wolves". She's there again. So who's stalking who (whom?). Adjudication in September. Yours truly very happy that my return to the world...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:21
Insert for “Finisterre”I’ve always been fascinated by the Second World War. My father flew in Beaufighters and fought in North Africa. My mum was working in London during the Blitz. Their experiences, plus the tidal wave of books that flooded out of that bottomless conflict, offered me a rich store of experiences, mercifully second-hand.As a published writer, I was lured into crime fiction and wrote sixteen books powered by the same cast of characters. It taught me a great deal, but always, at the very back of my mind, I was aware that I’d...
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:44
Very glad to report a warm welcome for "Finisterre". Reaction from last week's library events (four in all, three of them sell-outs) was extremely positive. As was the news that "Finisterre" has been chosen by both the Sunday Times Crime Club, and the Daily Telegraph book club as seasonal titles. Better still, the Times published a review yesterday hailing "Finisterre" as "a cracking thriller...utterly intriguing." Top stuff!!