Dutch Christmas markets

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Autumn Newsletter: Henk is live!


Autumn Newsletter: Henk is live!
Boy do we have some things to cover in this newsletter. Where to begin? At the start, my editor keeps insisting. So here we go: I interviewed Ian Rankin in Edinburgh’s Oxford Bar a few weeks ago. We discussed Ian’s thirty years as a published author, Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as Edinburgh – where all three of us happened to be university students, once – see here.

I’ve also done interviews with Val McDermid (we discussed the difficulty of the debut novel, here) and Ann Cleeves (the magic of TV adaptation). Huge thanks to my publisher, No Exit Press, for arranging this series. There’s more: I’ll be interviewing the author whose police character has influenced my own detective more than any other – Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch books. Stay tuned for that one.

In other news, I’m hosting a crime and horror Halloween author panel at Waterstones King’s Road in London the eve of Tuesday 1st November. Event details are here. Please join, we’ll be in fancy dress and I can add newsletter recipients to the guest list for free!

What else? I’ve been busy writing feature articles on some favourite subjects – classic cars in the Weekend FT here, Land Rovers in The Field there… Please keep me in mind if you know of any paid feature pieces that need writing for newspapers or magazines.

Oh yes! And the big update is that my publisher re-launched my author website and also the e-book version of The Harbour Master, which is on offer this month for 99p. If you haven’t read it, I’d strongly encourage you to meet Detective Henk Van der Pol. Some esteemed folk have been saying good things about him, and I’d be honoured if you could join them should you have read a prior version but not left a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Can I end by saying a big Thank You to those who read and reviewed Vanishing Point, my novella published in the Summer. I look forward to telling you about more exciting things next time!

Till then,



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