The Mystery of the Missing Author – and how I tracked him down 20 years after he disappeared

Blood-Libel-paperback-cover-6-3D-smallThis week I published a new novel. Nothing unusual in that, but this one’s a bit different.

First, it’s not a new novel — it’s about 25 years old. Second, it’s not by me. Third, it’s by a writer who went missing for twenty years and who still remains something of an enigma.

The tale of how I tracked down Chuck Loyola is almost as mysterious as the brooding, dark, angry, noir-ish novel, Blood Libel, itself.  Almost, but not quite. But as publishing stories go, it has a few twists and turns and a whiff of mystery. Continue reading

Enter the world of Touchstone. Admission free

My 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