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.