Work in Progress
The Graveyard of the Hesperides (the fourth in the Albia series) has been finished on time and is with my agent and editor. I now have to brief for a map and produce a list of characters.
My book tour for Deadly Election and The Spook Who Spoke Again was enjoyable as always, though a couple of events had to be cancelled, either because there was not enough support or when I had a virus. I apologise to anyone who was disappointed. People who missed me in Glasgow may be able to attend the Stirling or Edinburgh events later this summer (recently added: see News page).
Deadly Election has now been published in the USA, where ebook readers may like to know they can also buy a special bundle of the first three Falco novels.
Readers choices We don’t have readers’ favourite lines for any of the Albia books, including Spooky, so do send suggestions if you would like to.
I shall shortly be planning the next Albia book, to be published in 2016, which I shall start after editing the current manuscript.
First, audio books. All of the Falco series were bought for reissue by Audible in the UK, including Rebels and Traitors, which has never been an audio book before. After a complicated review I am pleased to announce that we have a contract for Blackstone to fill in the many audio gaps in the USA too.
Also in the USA many titles in the middle of the Falco series are out of print. The plan is to reissue them as ebooks when I can. Four titles are being held by a publisher until contracts expire, but I am happy to tell you that a new batch will be released by St Martin’s Press in 2015 (Poseidon’s Gold to Last Act in Palmyra) to coincide with Deadly Election. A further batch could be re-licensed if these do well – so please rush to buy the new ones! I want to close all gaps as soon as possible.
Readers in Germany and Italy have asked repeatedly for translations of the remaining Falco novels. I am very sorry but the publishers won’t continue and at present I have no better news.
Mammoth Film have renewed their Falco film option for another year and we are working on development, but I have no other news at the moment.
In 1997/8 I was Honorary President of the UK Classical Association. I recommend joining if you are interested in the jolly side of classics. See their website,www.classicalassociation.org.
Organ Donor Card Appeal
This is a personal appeal on an issue where I have experience from both sides.
Please carry a donor card. And if ever you are in the sad position of having to decide whether to agree to organ donation from someone close to you, please consider the good you may do. Honour their wishes if they carry a card. If not, then it is your choice; please use the opportunity. I understand just how hard it is at the time – but I can also tell you, because I have had to do it, that afterwards you will feel glad you took the decision to say yes.
Lives can be saved or dramatically improved by organ transplants. From childhood, I had a rare eye condition called keratoconus. Eventually I needed a corneal transplant – not often mentioned when organ donation is discussed, though in fact one donor can save the sight of two people. Being able to see, without discomfort, helps me to write. A stranger’s generosity freed me from years of pain and anxiety. I was never able to thank my donor or their relatives, but I shall always remember them. Every time you read one of my books, you too are a beneficiary of their gift to me.