Enter the world of Touchstone. Admission free

Touchstone-3dMy time travel historical adventure series, Touchstone, has been selling well since it reached its Season 1 climax with Fade to Grey. It sells every day and new fans are hopping on board all the time.

I’m about to launch Season 2 with a dark Victorian adventure involving a certain Jack the Ripper and one Arthur Conan Doyle, which will be out before Christmas.

But yesterday something special happened. The first book of the entire series, Touchstone 1: The Sins of the Fathers, went perma-free on Amazon.

This means it’s now free to download at all good online ebook retailers – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks. Continue reading

The long dead road – or why screenwriters should be novelizing

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This month sees yet another new novel by Andy Conway, and a major change of direction following the Touchstone saga (don’t worry, Touchstone fans – the next Touchstone novel is a stunner and is coming very soon).

But this time I’ve teamed up with action novelist Jack Turner to deliver a gritty revenge thriller, LONG DEAD ROAD.

The book came about through an unusual process. And it owes its existence to up and coming film producer Richard Adams.

I met Richard on the set of my first feature film as screenwriter, revenge thriller Arjun & Alison, and we got on well. I get on well with anyone who says he likes my screenplay. I especially get on well with anyone who seeks me out a couple of years later when he’s putting together his first slate of film projects and asks me if I want to write one.

Richard had an idea about a man who comes out of prison and takes revenge on the gang who put him inside…

A few drafts later and I had the idea of turning it into a novel. And I think this is what every screenwriter should be doing right now. Continue reading

The saga concludes. Touchstone Season 1 reaches the grand finale

My time travel saga, Touchstone, has finally concluded with the release today of Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey), but while it’s the end of Rachel’s story, it’s not the end of Touchstone.

Touchstone-part-6---facebook-500When I first started novelising Touchstone, back in 2011, I adapted it from a couple of TV spec scripts I’d written. I had these ideas for a teenage time travel TV drama series, but unfortunately it was just about the most expensive idea anyone had ever come up with.

A big budget time travel drama series, you say? A different era every episode, you say? We’ll get back to you.

So in light of the TV world’s indifference, it made much more sense to pursue it as a series of novels. And over the last three years, as the story of Rachel Hines’s quest to get her life back has progressed, it has somehow hit a chord with readers. Continue reading

Portrait of the artist as a time-travelling gangster

Andy Conway (Photography: Ian Davies. Stylist: Sy-Ann Taylor

 

They were putting together a collection of portraits, they said. Birmingham creatives, they said.

A few weeks later I was standing in a ballroom in the 1920s, with a bevy of dancing flappers and a time tunnel behind me.

Welcome to the world of Smokeshow Images, and a fun, daring and witty collaboration between photographer Ian Davies and award winning stylist Sy-Anne Taylor.

The exhibition ‘Brum Creatives’ comprises a series of portraits featuring the rich creative talent that Birmingham produces, from local designers, artists, writers, producers and film makers, to celebrity figures such as Jasper Carrott, Patti Bell, Glynn Purnell and Brian Travers.

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