Guns Of Brixton: Update

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As you may well  know, last year my comic crime novella GUNS OF BRIXTON was published as an eBook by the great BYKER BOOKS – as part of their Best Of British series- and did pretty well, in the UK at least.

And I am more than somewhat chuffed to announce that I have recently signed a contract with the also great CAFFEINE NIGHTS PUBLISHING who will be re-publishing a slightly longer version of  GUNS OF BRIXTON as a paperback and eBook, and possibly audio-book.

CAFFEINE NIGHTS  were recently shortlisted in the BOOKSELLER INDUSTRY AWARDS and publish some of the best of Brit Grit, including mates such as NICK QUANTRILL, IAN AYRIS, KEITH NIXON, RUTH JACOBS & CHARLIE WADE, as well as best sellers such as GARRY BUSHELL and SHAUN HUTSON.  So, I feel like I fit well in there.

Check out their books here.

The all new, rebooted GUNS OF BRIXTON will be available online and at the classier, cooler bookshops round about November/ December time.

So you know what to buy for Xmas prezzies!

Short, Sharp Interview: Ruth Jacobs.

Ruth Jacobs B&W-1PDB: What can you tell us about your latest publication?

I was just about to begin there with Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, my novel released a couple of months ago, but actually the latest is a short story called Life and it’s free right now from Caffeine Nights It’s about a father in his forties, Max, who’s addicted to crack and while high, he commits a crime of which he has no memory but for which he’s facing life in prison. My novel, Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, follows Shelley Hansard, a drug addicted, London call girl who takes revenge on a client who raped her.

PDB: How did you get involved with Caffeine Nights Publishing?

I have fellow Caffeine Nights writer, Pete Sortwell, to thank for that. We were both making submissions last year and he’d sent his novel to Caffeine Nights and suggested I try too. I was so thrilled when we were both offered contracts with them.

PDB: You’re an avid user of social networks, blogs etc. Is it for business or pleasure?

It’s to feed my addiction! Seriously, I do get caught up in social media and though it could be said that it’s a distraction, most often it’s because I become involved in something – whether that’s around writing or human rights issues in the areas of anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking. And I have met some wonderful people who I would never have known if it wasn’t for social media.

PDB: Which other projects are you involved in at the moment?

sd-front-border-1I’m planning the second novel in the Soul Destruction series, which had been started but I think it’s going to change and that means a new beginning. I am writing for a new online publication, Impolite Conversation, and the subject of my first article published this week is about the Merseyside Model Campaign I am involved in. Currently, people in prostitution do not have the protection of the law and recourse to justice when they have been the victim of a crime. For that to happen the Merseyside hate crime model must be made UK wide.

PDB: Do you have any writing projects coming up in the near future?

I’ve a piece I need to start working on soon. Although the deadline isn’t until next year, it will require some research and most importantly, collaboration with survivors – it’s for an academic anthology on prostitution, so it’s something quite different for me.

PDB: Where can people find out more about your writing?

(This interview first appeared at Out Of The Gutter Online in my Brit Grit Alley column.)

More Updates, News, Cobblers.

ruth-jacobs-bw-1My yarn Who Killed Skippy? – which was in the first issue of Noir Nation and The Mammoth Book Of best British Crime 10 –  is over at Crime City Central, narrated by Gareth Stack. Have a dig in the archives, while you’re over there.

The Big Thrill feature Guns Of Brixton as one of their New E-Releases.

Ruth Jacobs interviews me over at her blog.

And I interview Ruth over at Brit Grit Alley!

Out Now! Soul Destruction: Unforgivable by Ruth Jacobs

SD-front border-1Soul Destruction: Unforgivable by Ruth Jacobs is released 29 April 2013. Available worldwide from all major online retailers in paperback and e-book. Pre-orders are available direct from Caffeine Nights

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable

Enter the bleak existence of a call girl haunted by the atrocities of her childhood. In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard is a drug addict with a heroin habit and crack psychosis. Her desirability as a top London call girl is waning.

When her client dies in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel, Shelley’s complex double-life is blasted deeper into chaos. In her psychotic state, the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Amidst her few friends, and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies.

During this tumultuous time, she is presented with an opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. But in her unbalanced state of mind, can she stop a serial rapist?

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Ruth Jacobs Bio

Ruth Jacobs writes a series of novels entitled Soul Destruction, which expose the dark world and the harsh reality of life as a call girl. Her debut novel, Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, is released on 29 April 2013 by Caffeine Nights. Ruth studied prostitution in the late 1990s, which sparked her interest in the subject. She draws on her research and the women she interviewed for inspiration. She also has firsthand experience of many of the topics she writes about such as posttraumatic stress disorder, rape, and drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to her fiction writing, Ruth is also involved in non-fiction for her charity and human rights campaigning work in the areas of anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.


Short, Sharp Interview: Ruth Jacobs.

PDB: Can you pitch ‘In Her Own Words …’ in 25 words or less?

It’s an enlightening and moving, firsthand account of a woman’s life affected by prostitution, exposing the emotional, psychological and social effects of living that existence.

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I loved Hard Candy, probably because it was a revenge film and that’s the theme of my debut novel, Soul Destruction.
I loved watching Dexter, Boardwalk Empire and Big Love. I also used to watch My Name is Earl religiously, and watched every episode of The Wire – the best TV series ever.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

When I wrote sporadically in the past, I was able to be read purely for pleasure but over the last couple of years while I’ve been writing regularly, I find myself analysing and criticising. I see where I could improve my own writing and also see things I would want to avoid doing as well. I rarely watch television now, but when I do, I examine the programme or film in exactly the same way.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

I would love to write for them all. I think Soul Destruction would make a great movie, and some of the novel could be a theatrical production and it could definitely make a television series too. The way I write is to watch the scene and the characters in my head and report on what they are doing. So in my mind, everything I write is already a film in my head.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

I haven’t had to undertake any new research for what I have written so far. I draw mostly on my own life experience, and also my original research in prostitution in the late 1990s.

So far, I have only written novels set in locations where I have been myself such as London and Sydney. I have another novel planned later in the Soul Destruction series, which will be set in America, another country I have been to.

My memory being bad, I have had to do fact checking but that has all been able to be accomplished on the internet and via phone calls. I like to be as accurate as I can, so for example when I needed a house with a basement in Ladbroke Grove, I made contact with an estate agent to check which roads had houses with basements.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Social media are indispensible for me as a writer. Yes, they are great for publicising my work on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Google+ etc. but it has also been essential to me for becoming part of an online community of writers. I’ve been able to meet numerous people in writing circles online and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and engagement I’ve had with some amazing people in the short time I’ve been around.

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

I’m hoping to get my debut novel, Soul Destruction, published. It’s currently being read by one small UK publisher and one literary agent. While I am waiting for this to happen, I am writing Soul Destruction Diary, spin-off from the first novel, which is part of the Soul Destruction series, but not the next after Soul Destruction.
Unconventionally, I started publishing it on my blog as I was writing it. The idea was that it would generate interest in the first novel, and so far, that has been working.
I wrote my first short story last week, Protection, which is due to be published online next week, and after enjoying that experience, I think I will write at least one or two more shorts this year. I am also hoping to be busy publicising the charity publication
In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl.

The charity, Beyond the Streets, is very dear to my heart, and I want to try to raise as much funds as I possibly can for them. When I finish Soul Destruction Diary later in the year as I hope to, I will then be embarking on the second novel in the Soul Destruction series, which I had already begun, but put on hold when I began my blog, as didn’t want to spoil the chances of it being published traditionally by publishing it online.

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In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl is available to download from Amazon.

All royalties will be donated to Beyond the Streets, helping women exit prostitution.