Bits n Bobs: News, Updates etc

Bits n Bobs: The Drag Noir anthology – edited by K A Laity and published by Fox Spirit – is out now and over here you can find out what inspired my yarn ‘A Bit Of A Pickle’ … My new Brit Grit Alley column is live at Out Of the Gutter Online and includesContinue reading “Bits n Bobs: News, Updates etc”

London Noir

‘London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.’A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So, it’s no great surprise that Britain’s capital city has lent itself to its own particular brand of noir, from the likes of con man Harry Fabian and his fellowContinue reading “London Noir”

Guest Blog: The Ringer by Tony Black

Traditional publishing runs on rails, most of the time. One of the strongest assumptions I faced when trying to become published, and stay published, was that a protagonist must be sympathetic. By that, it’s meant, that the reader must identify with and basically like the protagonist. It’s one of the publishing gatekeepers’ toughest padlocks, tryContinue reading “Guest Blog: The Ringer by Tony Black”

Short, Sharp Interview: Mike Miner

PDB: Can you pitch THE IMMORTAL GAME in 25 words or less? A private detective is hired to find a missing boy and gets caught up in a mob war in the North End of Boston. PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? I’m usually stuck in the past onContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Mike Miner”


By now people will know that, after years of trying, I’ve finally bagged a deal for my debut novel, MY KIND OF JUSTICE. It’s been a bumpy old journey, one where I often thought I’d missed the bus. Obviously, it’s clear I certainly haven’t ‘arrived’ yet. I’ve just got on the bus, that’s all, andContinue reading “Guest Blog: SEEKING THAT VALIDATION OF A ‘YES’: THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION… by COL BURY”

Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey

PDB: Congratulations on the deal with Penguin. How did that come about? HL: Thanks. I’d been working on a new book with some different characters and my agent, Phil Patterson at Marjacq, sent it out to publishers. One of the first to read it was Emad Akhtar at Penguin Random House and, luckily for me, he really liked it. They completed the deal duringContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey”