Cover story

Now that editing FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD is all finished (hurray!) I’m working with my artist friend on the cover. After all those words, it’s fascinating to try to encapsulate the book in an image, and we’re working on several different ideas right now to see which will look the best. Several times now I’ve…

The book is dead, long live the book!

The plummeting sales of paperbacks has finally levelled out, and the inexorable rise of the e-book has plateaued, according to a report from Sky News (click here to see the report). I think this was always inevitable. I was never convinced by the scaremongering talk of e-book being the death of the physical book. Like…

Crime: all the fun of the fair

Crime fiction is one of the biggest-selling genres world-wide. For example Jo Nesbo has sold over 25 million books. That’s a LOT of books! So what is it that people love about reading terrible crimes? I have a theory… Imagine you are at a fun fair. You go on a rollercoaster, and you feel scared…

Busy, busy, busy!

Day off? What’s that? That is what I ask myself as yet another weekend dawns with the prospect of me working through it. I haven’t had a day off in weeks – a whole day where I do absolutely nothing work-related at all. But I really can’t complain. Everything seems to be taking off at…

When evil shapes us

One of the fascinating things about being a journalist and an author is when real life and fiction blend together. This weekend I had one of those startling moments. I interviewed an incredible woman named Pepe, who was raped at gunpoint in her own bed. She woke in the night with a shadowy figure standing…

Extract from bestseller INVISIBLE

As my new novel FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD nears the end of the editing process, I thought I’d share an extract of my debut novel, INVISIBLE, which was an Amazon Top Ten bestseller. I’m sure there are still plenty of people out there still unfamiliar with it 🙂 It is a psychological crime thriller about…

GIVEWAY! Claxton, by Mark Cocker

There is something magical about Claxton: Field notes from a small planet. On the surface of it, it is another ‘year in the life’ book, detailing natural life around the village of Claxton, in the Yare valley of Norfolk. The magic comes from the fascinating and vivid detail with which Mark Cocker describes each month,…