Welcome to the Book Bunker! – Tune in to live chats with authors on my Facebook page

Welcome to the Book Bunker! – Tune in to live chats with authors on my Facebook page

In these strange times, it’s good to have lots of distractions and dates to put in your virtual diary. So, I’ve got together with some fellow authors and invited them to talk about all sorts of things. . .

Welcome to THE BOOK BUNKER! It’s going to open its doors on April 14th and I’ve lined up some amazing guests who I’m going to be chatting with live, here on my Facebook page. More details and times will be posted as I have them but here are some dates for your diary:

April 14th – CL Taylor at 8pm
April 21st – Ruth Ware at 4.30pm
April 23rd – Jennifer Hillier at 8pm
April 28th – John Marrs at 3pm

We’ll be talking about writing, books and picking which entertainment and items we would take with us into our imaginary bunker. Hopefully there will be some giveaways too. Please feel free to share this post to spread the word, and more guests will be announced soon.

Log on to my Facebook page here.

CANCELLED – Lyme Crime, June 26th-28th

CANCELLED – Lyme Crime, June 26th-28th

I’m sorry to have to announce that Lyme Crime has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The brand new festival was due to take place on June 26th-28th, at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

Myself and fellow author Ed James were going to be discussing our recent research trip to the Pacific Northwest. I was also due to appear in conversation with C.L.Taylor where we were to discuss what inspires us, how we write, what makes a great psychological thriller and the challenges and highlights of our careers.

Hopefully at some point in the future it will be rescheduled and I will get the opportunity to share these stories with you all.

I hope you are staying safe and keeping well during this difficult time.

The Magpies swoops in to bag half a million readers!

The Magpies swoops in to bag half a million readers!

Amidst all the chaos in the world at the moment, I was pleased to receive some wonderful news along with this Gold Raven Award from my publisher.

Thank you everyone who’s bought The Magpies over the last few years and for supporting me with all of my books.

Thomas & Mercer sent me this beautiful trophy to celebrate the major milestone – half a million sales!

The Magpies, about the neighbours from hell, was my first self-published solo book which led to a publishing deal and the start of my success as a writer.

You can just about see in the picture that the book beneath the text is holographic and looks really cool!

Book Off! – Listen to the podcast featuring me and Louise Candlish

Book Off! – Listen to the podcast featuring me and Louise Candlish

Listen to me and the brilliant Louise Candlish discuss neighbours and in-laws from hell on the latest Book Off podcast. We also debated the merits of two very controversial novels. I’d tell you what I chose but I have to return some videotapes. . .

“Bestselling crime writers Louise Candlish and Mark Edwards talk about their latest books as well as living with bad neighbours and how certain characters can inspire a whole novel. They go head to head in the Book Off, putting Tom Wolfe’s ‘I Am Charlotte Simmons’ up against Brett Easton Ellis’s ‘American Psycho’ . . . but who will win!?  

Just search ‘book off’ on Apple podcasts or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Award time – The Retreat hits 250,000 sales!

Award time – The Retreat hits 250,000 sales!

I’ve received some fantastic news from my publisher Thomas & Mercer. . .

I’m so excited to receive the Silver Raven Award to celebrate 250,000 sales of The Retreat. Thank you to everyone who has bought it.

It’s one of my three favourites among all the books I’ve written. (The other two are Follow You Home and Here To Stay.)

In case you haven’t read it, this is what it’s about.

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

Buy it here

Dates for your diary – Lyme Crime and Perfect Crime

Dates for your diary – Lyme Crime and Perfect Crime

If you fancy heading to a crime writing festival and seeing me talk about all things creepy and crimey, here’s some dates for your diary.

On June 26th-28th, I’ll be at Lyme Crime, a brand new festival taking place at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

I’ll be at two events, firstly on Friday, June 26th from 7.30-8.30pm with fellow author Ed James. We will be discussing our recent research trip to the Pacific Northwest, where we flew to Seattle, got lost in Oregon and nearly run off the road on Interstate 5 – all in search of authentic detail. Then on Saturday, June 27th, I’ll be in conversation with C.L.Taylor where we’ll be discussing what inspires us, how we write, what makes a great psychological thriller and the challenges and highlights of our careers.

To find out more about the event and to book tickets click here.

Next up, I’ll be at Perfect Crime. It’s Liverpool’s first ever crime writing festival, taking place in the heart of the city on Saturday, November 14th with some of the biggest and most exciting names in the world of crime writing, including me! There will be exclusive panel discussions, a crime writing workshop and book signings.

Perfect Crime will take place in the Radisson Blu hotel, by the River Mersey and is a collaboration between publisher Ian Skillicorn, and crime writers, Ashley Dyer and Caz Finlay.

The early bird ticket gives you access to all of the author panel events throughout the day for £49. A place can be booked on the crime writing workshop with author David Jackson for an additional fee of £9. The workshop is only open to attendees of Perfect Crime. Early bird tickets are restricted to the first 50 tickets sold, after which a full price ticket is £58.

To buy tickets and find out more, click here.

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