Hi, I've just sold my first novel, The Killing Season, to Orion through my agent. It's an action-packed thriller starring Carter Blake: a conflicted hero with a murky past, who specialises in finding people who don't want to be found.
I set out with a simple goal: to write the kind of book I like to read. It's influenced by the people I admire, from the classics (Chandler, Cain, Ludlum, Forsyth, John D. MacDonald) to the present-day masters (Connelly, Child, Paterson, Coben), but I like to think I've put a spin on the genre that's uniquely mine.
I'm excited about the prospect of seeing my book on the shelves, and particularly pleased that it's going to be published by Orion, who publish so many of my heroes, dead and alive.
The Killing Season will be out in hardback in April 2014, so I expect to be blogging, tweeting and doing everything else that's expected of a rookie novelist as we get closer to publication day.
I'm going to be fairly quiet for the moment, though, because I have something much more important to do first: I have to finish writing the next book.