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

Long Dead Road

Long-Dead-Road-BOOKCOVER-07-LARGECOVER-3DNo one gets to walk away…

Keller is out of jail after eight years, and he’s going to take down everyone who put him inside.

An ex-war hero who ended up a career criminal, Keller walks out of prison and sets off on a killing spree the length of Britain delivering vigilante justice on the men who framed him by putting an under-age girl in his bed.

Leaving a trail of destruction in his wake from London to Birmingham to Manchester to a remote Scottish fishing town, he finally takes on a secluded farmhouse guarded by a small army of tooled-up criminals from all over the country, assembled for a ten-million pound drugs drop.

But is it about revenge or the money? Or is it all about the girl?

An explosive and brutal crime thriller that will leave you wanting more, Long Dead Road is a thrilling new entry in the British noir canon.

WARNING: Contains adult content and language.

LENGTH: 50,000 words / 310 pages


Buy it now in ebook and paperback at:

Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.com
and at Amazon Kindle stores in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

     


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

Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey)

Keep on burning till the end. Both ends burning…

Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey) concludes the time travel saga exploring a small corner of an English city through a century of change.

Rachel makes a final journey to the past to ensure her mother, Lorna Foster, and father, Martyn Hines, have their fateful first kiss at a sweaty Ultravox gig in 1980. But Esther Parker is also making a play for Martyn, and if their romance is kindled, Rachel will never be born.

But she knows she is now up against both Danny and Kath Bright, two former friends and allies, now turned bitter enemies with growing superpowers. And Rachel’s own disturbing inner fire threatens to cut her off from her old life forever.

Can she be the simple village girl she longs to be, or must she accept that she might be a goddess?

It’s all set for an epic battle with destiny, both ends burning. Continue reading

Touchstone (5. Let’s Fall in Love for the Last Time)

It’s murder on the dance floor…

Rachel finds herself in 1934, where she must help Charlie stage a concert featuring renowned Jewish crooner Benny Orphan and an all-black swing orchestra.

But Danny is there too, seemingly intent on sabotaging things. And a group of murderous Blackshirts are determined to make sure the concert doesn’t happen.

As swing fans, nazis, communists and time travellers do battle on the dance floor, Rachel finds that it’s not always clear who’s an ally and who’s an enemy. Especially when disturbing new powers emerging from both her and Danny threaten to tear the city apart.

A gripping tale of love versus hate in the Depression, set to a backdrop of beautiful swing tunes. Continue reading

Touchstone (4: Station at the End of Time)

A haunted train station in 1959, a freight train with a mysterious cargo and a young woman determined to throw herself in front of it…

Rachel miraculously finds herself back at home in the present with her father but suffering a recurring nightmare of being trapped on Kings Heath station in 1959, trying to prevent her maternal grandmother, Deirdre Foster, committing suicide.

As more and more characters from her time-travelling past intrude on both her too perfect waking world and her nightmares, she begins to wonder which world is real… leading to a terrifying battle to hold onto her own sanity. Continue reading

Touchstone (3. All the Time in the World)

Baby, baby, baby… you’re out of time…

Rachel, lost and alone in 2012, travels back to 1966 to repair her lost timeline with the help of Charlie, now 50 years old but still in love with her.

Continuing the adventures of Rachel and Danny, a pair of mismatched History students who stumble upon an old gravestone that catapults them back in time.

The Swinging Sixties are in full flow, Birmingham is being rebuilt and England are hosting the football World Cup.

The temptation to stay there and live with Charlie is overwhelming, but Danny is there too, and the World Cup betting sting he’s carrying out on the city’s bookies brings them all to the attention of a local gangster, a corrupt politician, a cop with a grudge and a cabal of mysterious time travellers who are determined to prevent the past being changed.

In the end it’s hard to care about correcting the past when you’re in danger of becoming the foundations for a new high rise. Continue reading

How to get your ebook translated for foreign markets

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