"From rural noir to urban terror, high concept drama to blunt force trauma, Moth Publishing presents its first collection of prize-winning short stories."
2015 is about to end with a result. My story Face Value is a winner in the inaugural Northern Crime Short Story Competition. With the winners' anthology released on Monday 7 December in paperback and E-book, it's a great way to sign off after a hard-working but not always the most productive of writing years. I'm especially pleased Face Value made the grade.
This week also sees the publication of a new edition of Frank's Wild Years. I'm grateful to publisher, Caffeine Nights, for the opportunity to put right a few of the things which have bugged me since it was originally let loose on the world, and for continuing to show faith in the book. The altogether sharper Frank's Wild Years will be available online, in bookshops and at WH Smiths travel stores from 3 December.
This year I made a conscious decision to focus on finishing my longstanding and well-overdue book about Ted Lewis. Fiction writing, blogging and a lot more besides have gone by the wayside, but it's ready for that plunge into finding an agent who fancies it, and a publisher willing to back a book which tells the story of one of the most influential British crime authors of the 20th century. The research has taken me to some brilliant, sad, funny, enlightening and strange places, the writing process to some even stranger ones. Watch this space.