Now that I am a full time writer, interspersed with public speaking engagements, I write every day, including weekends, unless I am away from home on an appearance. I usually write for about three to four hours a day but this varies depending on the stage of the novel and whether I need to break off to conduct some research. Some days I can spend eight hours writing for a few days on the trot. I don’t have a set routine although I usually write every evening between 5 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Every author is different and it takes a while to refine your methods. It also obviously depends upon your commitments. I love writing and researching and hope to be able to continue doing so for many more novels to come.I'm currently working on the ninth in the DI Andy Horton marine mystery series.
A Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Horton series was published in hardcover by Severn House in January.
Dagger in the Library Award 2012.
This gives readers and librarians the chance to nominate their favourite crime author. I was delighted to reach the long list in 2008 and would be chuffed if I made it again to either the long list or the short list.
Nominations are open until 31st March 2012 so there's time to get your vote in.
Sponsored by the publishers, Random House, the Dagger is awarded for the author’s body of work.The nominated authors must be alive, preferably working in Britain and entries from reading groups or individuals are submitted through libraries. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the CWA website by clicking the links at the top of the right-hand column.
Details of long-listed authors will be announced in April 2012 and sortlisted authors in May 2012. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Summer 2012. For further information visit the CWA web site or have a chat with your local librarian and ask them to nominate your favourite crime writer.