Oh my god it’s finally here! The book I started writing in May 2018, which was called One Dark Turn, then Marianne, then After Dark, then The Wanted and now finally – and hands down best of all – THE HIT LIST.
It’s released today in ebook and audiobook, with a paperback edition coming out in April next year. Please consider downloading it and sharing a review wherever you buy it – reviews do make a really big difference to us authors and help other readers know about books they might enjoy.
Thank you for all your patience(!) and ongoing support!
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I’ve been sitting on my hands and trying to keep this secret ever since I found out… My fourth book, THE HIT LIST, will be published in ebook on 28 August, 2020 and followed in paperback on 15 April 2021.
It’s available to pre-order now and you can add it as ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads too.
‘A compelling and original story with clever and unexpected twists to the very end.’ Rachel Abbott
I’m a sucker for a podcast, and not just my own. My podcast habit started, as I think it did for many, with the first series of Serial. Serial offered the kind of compelling water cooler moments that used to happen with linear once-a-week TV. Writing my own crime drama podcast is very much on my to-do list when I finish my latest book but in the meantime, here are a selection of the podcasts I’ve enjoyed the most recently.
The Teacher’s Pet
I’ve only just started this and I’m utterly hooked.
In 1982, devoted mother Lyn Dawson went missing. Her husband, high school sweetheart and former sports star Chris, claims she joined a cult. Just a few days later, Chris – a P.E. teacher – moved his teenaged babysitter (and pupil) into the house. Two separate coroners have ruled the Lyn was killed by Chris and yet no one has been arrested for her murder. This is a terribly sad and incredibly compelling story expertly woven by seasoned journalist Hedley Thomas.
The Honest Authors (Gillian McAllister on the left, me on the right)
There are dozens of book podcasts out there – but those aimed at aspiring authors are less common, and almost entirely skewed towards the self-publishing market. One notable exception is the Honest Authors podcast, created last year by authors Holly Seddon (Try Not To Breathe, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Love Will Tear Us Apart) and Gillian McAllister (Everything But The Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions). Aiming to highlight everything you’ve ever wanted to know about being a author but were too afraid to ask, Honest Authors claims to be “the only podcast recorded by bestselling, traditionally-published commercial authors being transparent about this brilliant, terrifying life.”
A year and a half in, with 26 episodes under their belt, we asked the pair about fighting for attention, finding your niche and keeping your audio content fresh.
Read the rest on The Bookseller
tl;dr I go nuts.
My third novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart, was published yesterday. For my third go around, you might expect that I was fairly relaxed. Or at least professional. The truth is less impressive. And as I’m one half of the podcast team the Honest Authors, I figured I’d just spill the beans this time. So here’s my publication day diary, in all its horror.
I can barely believe it but the day is finally here. I had the idea for Love Will Tear Us Apart for a long time and I’d actually written the first few chapters before I submitted Try Not to Breathe to agents… I was the mother of three young kids when I wrote those first lines, which never changed through the drafts.
If you’ve not pre-ordered yet and would like to, please do! The book has a pre-order price guarantee so even if the price goes down between now and release, you’ll be charged the lower price.
I’m so excited to see this book out in the world!
I recently did a talk to secondary schoolers about creative writing. I wanted to tell them a little about structuring a satisfying story and about building compelling characters. But what I wanted to get across to them more than anything was the importance – and the joy – of finding their own voices.
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