Bold new look for Jack the Ripper

The Touchstone books are having a makeover, with Birmingham designer Sean Strong now designing all of the Season 2 book covers (and Simon Moody having already reworked all of Season 1).

Sean’s design for Bright Star Falling is suitably epic, but now he’s taken Buried in Time and given it a bold new look.

The new cover features a mysterious, menacing figure (is it William Bury, Daniel Pearce or Tom Conway?) standing in Birmingham’s old Council House Square (now Victoria Square, of course). You can see the Council House to the left, and Christ Church to the right (the old landmark which features heavily in this proto-Ripper tale). Continue reading

Punk Publishing pre-launch warm up gig at Tamworth Lit Fest

My Punk Publishing book (co-written with David Wake) is nearly ready, but not quite, so the UK tour is still at the planning stage. But we’re scooting along to the Tamworth Lit Fest to talk about how self-publishing indie authors took over the book world and how you can do it too.

Come along and see us.

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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

Book launch and reading for Buried in Time

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I bring you news of a book launch and reading I’m performing tomorrow — Monday 13th July — in Moseley, Birmingham, for the most recent Touchstone book, BURIED IN TIME. You might not be able to make that – many people on my mailing list aren’t even in the UK, let alone Birmingham – but if you are local, do drop in.

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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

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