I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I have now sold over 3 million copies of my books – and want to say a huge thank you to all the readers who have helped me reach this amazing milestone. A few years ago, I thought my writing career was over, but now I am a full-time author doing what I love: crafting stories about scary things happening to ordinary people. And at a time when it’s getting increasingly harder to grab people’s attention, with the rise of Netflix and many other forms of distraction, plus the ever-growing number of books on the market, I am hugely grateful to everyone who has ever bought, reviewed, recommended and enjoyed one of my novels.
The 3 million total includes all my books in English (I don’t know the figures for most of my translated books!) including those co-authored with Louise Voss. The biggest sellers, accounting for over a million between them, are Follow You Home and The Magpies. 2.5 million sales are with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and the rest come from self-publishing and my four books with HarperCollins. Around 250,000 of the total sales are audiobooks, which is exciting as it’s a growing sector and I’m delighted that my books are reaching so many listeners as well as readers! Most of my sales are in the UK, followed by the US and Australia.
My next book, Here To Stay, will be published on 1st September 2019 and will be available as an ebook, paperback, audiobook and, for the first time in English, hardback. It’s about in-laws from hell and is already picking up rave advance reviews, with 100% five star reviews on Goodreads. Louise Candlish, author of the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2018, called it ‘Completely compulsive’.
I’m at the editing stage of the book after that and am already planning the next one. In fact, I have ideas for the next three . . . so hopefully there will be plenty of satisfied readers to come, both new and existing. Once again, a huge thank you from me to all of you, and I promise to keep writing the best books I can. My aim is to make each one better than the last.
Fantastic news! Thanks to you, my lovely readers, Last of the Magpies has made it through to the final round in the Dead Good Reader Awards in the Most Elusive Villains.
If you’ve read The Magpies and the two sequels A Murder of Magpies and Last of the Magpies you will be familiar with Lucy Newton and all of her evil antics.
I’d love Lucy (and me!) to win this award so it would great if you could keep on voting – I need your votes one more time…
Click here to vote Dead Good Reader Awards
Recently I helped launch the Capital Crime Festival which will be taking place from September 26 to the 28th at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London. It brings together the best of everything crime and thriller to fans.
I’ll be appearing in conversation with the amazing Lisa Jewell at 2pm on Friday 27th September and will be signing books afterwards. I’ll also be hanging around and very happy to chat with anyone who comes along.
The festival has an incredible line-up. Some of the names include David Baldacci, Martina Cole, Ruth Ware, Kate Atkinson, Erin Kelly, Mark Billingham, Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Anthony Horowitz, Simon Mayo, Kate Mosse, Robert Harris, Rachel Abbott, CJ Tudor, Ian Rankin…the list goes on and on!
Me on stage with Louise Candlish and Joe Haddow
Not only can you see and meet lots of amazing crime writers, your ticket will give you admission to panels and events, access to author signings, two exclusive new release hardback books and a Capital Crime Tote bag full of goodies plus more. Tickets give you access to the whole weekend or you can buy single day passes for either the Friday or Saturday. You can find out more and buy tickets by clicking here Capital Crime.
Hope to see you there!
It’s hard to believe ThrillerFest XIV is only a month away! ThrillerFest is the annual conference of international thriller writers with 4,500 members in 49 countries and more than 3.2 billion books in print.
It’s being held at The Grand Hyatt in New York so I’m packing my bags and leaving today. . . well, actually its from July 9-13.
There’s a killer line-up featuring 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford, 2019 Silver Bullet Recipient Harlan Coben, 2019 Thriller Legend Margaret Marbury, 2019 Spotlight Guest Lisa Unger, 2019 Spotlight Guest Stephen Hunter and 2018 Silver Bullet Recipient James Rollins! There’s plenty going on to get you started if you are an aspiring thriller writer ATF workshop, Master Class including the Best First Sentence contest, CraftFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and more. We encourage all thriller enthusiasts to join the ThrillerFest family.
If you’re lucky enough to be going I’ll see you there but if not you can share the ThrillerFest excitement on your social media. Visit the ThrillerFest website for more information.
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought Last of the Magpies, which was published two weeks ago. It hit the top ten in the UK on publication day and the reviews so far are fantastic. We also had a fun Facebook party (with hardly any technical glitches!) and all the prizes have been sent out to the people whose names were drawn from the hat.
Secondly, I need your help! You may recall that last year The Lucky Ones was shortlisted for a Dead Good reader award. These awards mean a lot because they are voted for by the people who really count: readers like you. Now nominations are open again and I would be hugely grateful if you could vote for one of my books.
The Retreat is eligible for two of the awards: The Cancel All Plans Award and the Most Recommended Award. You could also vote for Lucy Newton in the Most Elusive Villain category. Nominations close on 20th May and one lucky winner will get £100 of crime books. It will take one or two minutes of your time.
Please vote for me here
Coming soon… Here To Stay
I’m very excited to reveal the cover of my next full-length novel, Here To Stay, which will be published on 1 September 2019. I’m particularly excited about this book, which is about the in-laws from hell, and am confident that if you liked my early novels like The Magpies, Because She Loves Me and Follow You Home, you’ll love this one.
A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.
The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .
As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?
From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.
Here To Stay will be available as a Kindle ebook, paperback, audiobook and hardcover book.
Pre-order now from Amazon
I’d love to know what you think of the cover – simply hit reply to this email to let me know.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought Last of the Magpies…or any of my books. And, once again, I would be hugely grateful for your nominations in the Dead Good Awards.