It's been a busy year. Lockdown came out in paperback and made it into the Top 50 (No. 31 to be precise) in its first week of release, and sold 10,000 copies in the first ten days according to Bookscan. Given just how tough it is for new writers at the moment that was a real achievement, not only for me but also for the terrific sales team at Transworld.
The second Ryan Lock adventure, Deadlock, was also released in hardback and went to a second printing within a week or two of release.
While all that was going on I was busy writing the third Ryan Lock book. It will be released in August, 2011 and follow on from the paperback of Deadlock, which is out in May. It's set in Los Angeles and I think it's going to be the best book of the series by some distance.
I also did a lot of press for the books, including my first lengthy TV interview (link below).
A real highlight of the year was being invited to attend the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival where I shared a stage with Jo Nesbo, Zoe Sharp and Jeremy Duns for a panel moderated by Meg Gardiner.
It was also great to spend some time visiting with The Mark Wright Project. An amazing bunch of people, it's an absolute privilege to have been able to raise awareness of the great work they do.
2011 is going to be busy. I have to finish editing Lock 3 and then I start on a new project which I have been researching and planning for almost a year. It won't feature Lock and Ty but it is going to be another big, high-concept thriller set in the United States.
Thanks to everyone at my agency, LBA, and my publisher, Transworld, for all their hard work and support. But most of all thanks to my readers, especially those who got in touch via email or my Facebook page.
I can only apologise for the sleepless nights and the missed tube stops.