Frequently Asked Questions
When will your next book be out?
LONG TIME LOST is now available in trade paperback and ebook throughout the UK. It will be published in the United States in February 2017.
What is the order of your GOOD THIEF’S GUIDES?
It goes: Amsterdam, Paris, Vegas, Venice, Berlin. But don’t worry if you can’t track down a particular title because you can read the books out of order and still enjoy them. No, really, you can.
Will you be writing more GOOD THIEF’S GUIDES?
I hope so. It’s been a few years now since I’ve written about Charlie Howard and I miss the guy. I know where I’d take him after Berlin. I know why. Maybe one day I’ll get to share that with you.
What is happening with the US TV adaptation of the GOOD THIEF’S GUIDES?
The rights were held for a time by 20th Century Fox Television on behalf of Hart Hanson (creator of Bones). I am a huge fan of Hart’s work and his vision for the Good Thief series was brilliant. Unfortunately, the adaptation didn’t go at ABC in 2014 but I have my fingers crossed Charlie may find a home elsewhere in the States. Keep your fingers crossed too!
Is the movie SAFE HOUSE starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds based on your novel of the same name?
No it’s not, although the book and the movie did come out at about the same time, hence why there was some confusion. Thanks for buying my book if you got confused!
Is the ITV drama SAFE HOUSE based on your novel of the same name?
Nope. Not that one either. Thanks for rubbing it in …
I really liked DEAD LINE. Is there going to be a sequel?
I get asked this one a lot and the answer is … no. But there is a film option on the book, and I did love researching and writing Daniel Trent’s story, so perhaps one day I might get the opportunity to write a prequel.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Books I like. Movies I love. Song lyrics. Strange dreams. Travel guides. Weird customs. Myths and legends. Newspaper headlines. Ideas are cheap – figuring out which ideas are worth writing an entire novel about is the tough part.
Are any of your characters based on people you know?
Nope. I make it all up. It’s the best way, I think. Plus, I don’t want the people I know to sue me …
Do you plot out your books before you begin to write them?
It depends. Usually, I work hard to understand the concept behind the book I’m writing and to figure out what will happen in the first five or six chapters. I also know some of the things, very vaguely, that I want to happen during the middle of the book and towards the end. I might have a sense of a possible twist. I might not. With one book, DEAD LINE, I planned in more detail, writing a twenty-page outline. So the real answer is that I do what feels right for the book I’m working on, and that can change from book to book.
How can I contact you?
Will you speak at my event/literary festival/book shop?
Please get in touch with me via the Contact form. I’d be delighted to chat.
Do you ever run writing workshops for school children? Will you run a workshop at the school I teach at?
Yes. I have run a number of writing workshops, and I was the Isle of Man Schools Writer in Residence in 2014. I’m always happy to chat about the possibility of running more workshops, so please do get in touch. I’m also happy to consider running writing workshops for adults or writing groups.
Will you read my book/short story/script idea?
Are you kidding? I write books about a professional thief and you’d like to send me your precious work? Aren’t you afraid I’d steal it? I am, and so regretfully, I can’t agree to do this. But if you’re a writer, I really do wish you the very best of luck with getting published or selling your writing. It can be a tough go, but in my experience, the main thing that separates a writer from a published author is persistence. So keep at it. Oh, and read Stephen King’s ON WRITING. Also, read Lawrence Block’s TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT. Both are excellent.
Will you sign my book or a bookplate?
I love meeting readers. I’m very happy to sign books at events. But for practical reasons, I often can’t sign books sent through the post. Sorry.
Are the film/tv rights available to your books?
My film agent is Lucy Fawcett at Sheil Land Associates. She is the best person to contact if you’re interested in the film or tv rights to any of my books.
Are the translation rights available to your books?
My international rights agent is Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates. She is the best person to contact if you’re interested in the translation rights to any of my books.
Who is your literary agent?
My wonderful agent is Vivien Green at Sheil Land Associates.