‘The Wisdom of Dead Men’ and Other Stories

I’m working on a few different things at the moment.

I’ve just finished writing the latest novel, entitled ‘From His Cold Dead Hands’. It’s a hard-boiled mystery story with a supernatural undercurrent, featuring a street-gang member turned private investigator and his enigmatic, arthritic boss, as well as a girl on a mission from God, a gun-nut, a Harley-riding pale-skinned cowboy, a group of Satanists, an arms manufacturer and a Jamaican gangster, most of whom are looking for a quantum physicist, a missing gun – or both.

I’m also working on a series of stories for a franchise aimed at younger readers that’s still on the QT at the moment. So that’s all I can say about that right now. I’m about to start editing the latest Mad Grandad story – ‘Mad Grandad’s Doppelganger’ – due to be published next year by the O’Brien Press.

TWODM Cover-faderAs part of the promotion for ‘The Wisdom of Dead Men’ (my latest release, now available wherever you buy your books) I’ve decided to try something new. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been spending my time on an ebook novella I intend to make available for free on my website. It’s a short story about the Wildenstern family, as featured in ‘Ancient Appetites’ and ‘The Wisdom of Dead Men’. It’s entitled ‘The Vile Desire to Scream’. I’m currently wrestling it into a fit state to appear in public and will have it on the site as soon as it’s ready. I intend to do a few of these in different styles – a series I’m calling the Mini Myster-Ebooks.

October is almost upon me (well, all of us, I suppose, but I can only speak for myself) and with it comes Children’s Book Festival and all it entails. Check out the BookFest Recommended Reading Guide, which is stuffed with loads of short sharp snappy book reviews. Anyway, with a bucket-load of events and workshops over the next six to eight weeks, it’ll be hard to get any writing or illustration work done. Pay attention all ye who hope to break into this bizarre industry. Making your living from writing can often mean you spend a lot of time doing everything but. Those books won’t sell themselves.

I’ll be looking back at the previous week of events in my next post. Catch you then.

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