This 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 →
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 →
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.
When 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 →
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.
A big Christmas giveaway and some news for the new year…
2013 has been a busy old year, publishing wise, and 2014 looks set to be even busier. Read on for news of my latest release (available at a reduced price for this weekend), news of next year’s releases, and to find out if you’ve won a prize in my Christmas giveaway… Continue reading →
Just over a year ago, I received an email from a French reader of one of my self-published novellas. This is one of the great things about being an indie publisher. You get random emails from people all over the world: people who have seen your book online and taken a risk on it. Not only that, they’ve liked it so much they’ve taken the trouble to write to the author.
But Fabien Cathelin had something else to say. He was studying to be a translator, taking his master’s degree in World Literatures and Interculturality and he thought my story would make an excellent project for his thesis. Continue reading →