Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Welcome! The blog starts here.

 It is, I think, as good a place as any. Having spent a long time messing about with self indulgent fiction writing, I finally decided in 2015 to be a bit more grown up and to write something that people might actually want to read.
The previous summer I had visited a holiday villa which was generously stocked with a small library of paperbacks -one of which was a well thumbed copy of Echo Park. At the time, I had heard of but never read any Michael Connelly books, so I decided to give it a shot.
The experience of being immersed in  the world of a LA homicide detective was so enjoyable that I decided to visit that world on my own terms, with my own tour guide.
When I returned home, I sat down at the computer and created Leighton Jones. I knew the character, his back story - freshly retired - and his personality, but I wanted a case for him to investigate. And so I decided to play about with the seed of an idea that had been rattling around in my head for years. It involved an oblivious passenger climbing aboard a bus on which everyone else was a killer. That's what you get when you buy economy, right?  

The result was my first commercial thriller The Girl on the Bus, which will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2017.

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