Summer Writing. Or Not…

Here’s to adding another book to the Belfast Noir library!

In late May I was thrilled to be included in Lorraine Berry’s fantastic article in the LA Times highlighting Belfast Noir stateside. You can read the article here.

For the last few weeks I have had a slot on James Murphy’s Crime Scene radio show on the new station, Belfast247. It is a fab show with lots of great music, fun features, writing tips from Sam Blake and book reviews from Deborah Small. I am the resident true crime buff, giving crime TV and true crime documentary recommendations.

Do tune in on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm to hear James’ show.

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I was delighted to be invited to take part in the BBC writers’ room Hothouse programme, which wrapped last week. It has been amazing learning how to write for TV. Since the start of the year I have been getting more into script writing, so this opportunity came along at a great time.

If you know me, you know I hate when people list only the good. So, just to note, I have had a fair few redirections since I last blogged. Also my concentration and time for writing has waned. Blame school holidays and a new pupper.

Meet Ivy

Now I am looking forward to getting back on the (novel) horse and finishing the final edits to THE TOWN RED, Sloane 3 – pre-order here. Thank you for all the many pre-orders so far. I’m blown away! They are helping to keep me motivated.

The blurb:

If it had been me, she would not have stopped until there was justice.

The third instalment in the East Belfast detective series.

Just as DI Harriet Sloane turns forty, an old case reopens from before she was born. In the late 1970s, Karen Ward was a teenager when she was murdered just yards away from her Belfast home. At the time, people thought they saw Karen with a man, but time has moved on and now witnesses are thin on the ground. With the help of the victim’s sister, Sloane must travel back in time, while her own family evolves and someone from her past resurfaces. Codes, and rules, need to be broken if justice will ever be served.

The book launches at the end of October.

Here’s to adding another book to the Belfast Noir library!