Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Author interview: Helen Durrant

Helen Durrant
It's my great pleasure to interview fellow Joffe Books author, Helen Durrant. Helen is the author of seven books in the 'Calladine & Bayliss' series - Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty - and the latest - Dead Jealous. Also available are three books in the new 'DI Greco' series - Dark Murder, Dark Houses and the latest - Dark Trade.
Her latest novel, 'His Third Victim' has just been released and is the first in a new series.
Helen, thank you for letting me interview you!

When did you first start writing? And what made you start?
I have always ‘dabbled’, even as a child. But I didn’t start seriously until I retired from my full-time ‘real’ job.

What was the first full-length novel you ever wrote? (I realise this may not be the same as the first book you have had published!)
My first novel was ‘Dead Wrong’ – by the time Joffe Books published it I had written three books in the Calladine & Bayliss series. My title for the first one was ‘Handy Man', but this was changed. The book was thoroughly edited, given a brand new cover, and re-launched. It was far more successful than I imagined it would be – a big surprise to me.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Calanais... and up-coming events

Sunset at Calanais
After the excitement of "Lies That Poison" being released, I grabbed a short break on the Isle of Lewis, to recharge my batteries, ready for the last bit of re-editing of "The Wrong Kind of Clouds" ahead of it being re-released by Joffe Books. The weather was a bit mixed on Lewis (the tail-end of the hurricanes that caused so much damage in September had arrived at the Hebrides at about the same time as we did!), but we managed to walk each day and take in the sights. Admittedly, we did also get drenched at least once each day, but we went prepared, with waterproofs and lots of warm clothes.

I'm delighted with how sales have been going for "Lies That Poison" but I'm back to work now. As well as finishing off the editing, I have to finish writing the next one! I also have a series of author events coming up. This Saturday, I will be at Arbroath Library, as part of National Library week (free entry; book a place here), alongside Frank Muir and Sandra Ireland, for "Book and a Blether". Then in November, I have a couple of "Murder and Mayhem" events, with fellow writers Jackie McLean, Lesley Kelly, Tana Collins, Ian Skewis, Chris Longmuir and Wendy H Jones. More details on those soon!

Next Up:

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

"Lies That Poison"

Well, it came out just over a week ago and I'm delighted with how things are going. A huge thank you to my publishers, Joffe Books who have been going the extra mile, promoting the book and being incredibly supportive of me.

So far, the reviews have been very positive and sales are going well. At one point, I was ranked higher than Ian Rankin in "Crime" in the Kindle charts. 😀

If you've already bought a copy... thank you so much!

If you've already reviewed the book... again, thank you!

If you're still not sure... that's fine. Let me share the blurb with you:

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Lies That Poison is half price!

My latest book, Lies That Poison is available to buy from Amazon now! And for this week only, it's half price at 99p. Go grab a bargain!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Launch date and cover reveal

The book I've been calling "Poisonous Minds" forever, has had a name change, gained a cover and acquired a launch date!

It's now called Lies That Poison and will be published by Joffe Books next week! The launch date is 25th September, 2017 and there's a Facebook launch party for it on the 24th - see the details for that here. I'd be delighted if you came along and joined in!

And the cover...?

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Bloody Scotland 2017

At the weekend, I was back in Stirling for Bloody Scotland, and what a fantastic time I had! After exhausting myself last year by going to FAR too many events (as well as burning through entire adrenal glands with nerves over doing my Crime in the Spotlight slot), I decided I would try and pace myself a bit more this year and also catch up with people between events better than I did last year.

I didn't manage to make it to Stirling for the opening gala, but various friends have told me just how much of a fantastic event I missed. It was apparently the only place to be on Friday night and the torchlight procession through Stirling looked amazing. The winner of the McIlvanney prize was announced - Denise Mina for "The Long Drop" just before the procession too.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Murder and Mayhem

L-R Lesley Kelly, Wendy Jones, me, Jackie McLean, Chris Longmuir
Photo credit: Wendy Jones
A couple of Saturdays ago, a posse of writers descended on Arbroath Library for a morning of Murder and Mayhem. The picture above shows us all larking about (for a photographer from the local paper) before the session.

The event was absolutely hilarious! One of the audience was the 'murder victim' who took a sip of a drink and then fell to the floor as if poisoned. At least one of the audience thought it was for real and started to leap up to help!

At this point, one of the library staff, Christine, donned a police officer's hat and brandished a plastic truncheon and 'arrested' all the authors on suspicion of murder. We then had to answer a set of questions, after which the audience had to guess which of us was 'guilty'.