I'm slightly late posting the May news because my computer went into meltdown and it's taken me ages to get things sorted, but I'm up and running now. So, what happened in May? Well the main thing was Crimefest. In case you don't know that's an annual crime convention held in Bristol for readers and writers of crime, both fiction and non-fiction. I've been going for several years now, and it's a great place to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. It's a friendly convention and everyone gets to know everyone else. There are loads of panels and author interviews, and I was on the Emerging Indie Voices panel, although I think I've been emerging for quite a long time now. The panel moderator was Joanna Penn, an energetic and very successful indie author. I think it's fair to say this panel was one of the highlights of Crimefest, and I really enjoyed being on it.
The other event I did was a visit to Forfar Stroke Group, a lovely set of people, and it was a pleasure to speak to them. Other than that, the new book is progressing very slowly, and I'm at the stage where I wonder whether the story is going to work. But every author hits that block in every book they write. It's a time where you start to doubt your own abilities as a writer, and I'm hoping once that hurdle is passed, as it usually does, the book will come on in leaps and bounds.
I know I shouldn't mention this as this is part of the June news, but I've published a box set of the Dundee Crime Series, so why don't you have a look at the web page I've put up for it.
It's been a busy time this past month. As well as having all the hassle of redecorating the living room, new carpets, new suite etc (I'm not really a domesticated person), I've had several events. It's either a feast or a famine, nothing for ages, then everything comes at the same time. So what have I been up to? I'll list the events below.
- The Birkhill Mobile Library - talk;
- Forgan Arts Centre Book Fair;
- Angus Writers Circle - crime story competition adjudication;
- Tartan Treasures - diary entry competition adjudication;
- Murder Mystery event at Carnoustie Library;
- Angus Writers' circle - presentation and talk re winning competition entries;
- Tartan treasures - prize giving ceremony:
In the middle of that there was the SAW (Scottish Association of Writers) conference at Cumbernauld. But that was a blast because, apart from all the excellent workshops and speakers, I won the best self-published book award for The Death Game. As this is a completely new competition I am the first winner of the trophy.
There are still some events in the pipeline. I've been asked to speak to the Forfar Stroke Group, probably in May but the date is still to be confirmed. And of course there's Crimefest, the big crime writing convention in Bristol. I'm on the Indie Panel this year, and if it's as good as the one they had last year, it will be great.
To top it all I'm trying to get my new web site up and running, and this will be the first post for the new site. I suppose all my previous news posts will now go into limbo. It's an exciting time.