I'm just back from Sunny Spain (you have to say it that way - it's an official rule when describing the country). I was attending the Xabia Negra festival, an event set up to celebrate all things noir. Myself and two fellow authors, Alxandra Sokoloff and Craig Robertson, were invited (under the auspices of Bloody Scotland) to attend and participate in a panel.
It started with losing my voice, moved to launching a book and ended with an ‘award’. That’s the top and tail of my Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. For those who don’t know what Bouchercon is, it’s the biggest mystery/thriller (crime/thriller to us of a UK persuasion) convention of its type in North America. Seven panels running at the same time, with up to five authors on each panel from dawn to dusk – all over three and half days – that’s a hell of a lot of crime (mystery).
The Big Thrill
I’m participating in a roundtable discussion on the Big Thrill website
Tidelines and Byres Rd Festival
The last few days have been fun. It started on Friday night when I chaired an event called Banned Books with Claire Gray and ‘Nippy Nora’ at the Tidelines Festival.
Publication Day for Falling Too
A huge thanks to Eric Campbell of Down & Out Books for publishing Falling Too. It’s the sequel to my first book, Falling, and has a hell of a streamline ‘The Crime of the Century is about to be Committed- Again.’
Bloody Scotland – My Top Five Moments
I’m sitting at the back of St Osmand’s High School in Stirling listening to Helen Grant as she describes a visit to the catacombs of Paris. She draws an ‘Ooooh’ from the S2 pupils with a picture of skulls and bones. This is my start to Bloody Scotland 2017.
Bloody Scotland Anthology
Look what just arrived. Thanks to HES for including me in this. Historic Environment Scotland. Can be bought at all good book suppliers.
All Live in Spain
Tune in on Sunday 13th August from 1.00pm – 4.00pm CET for live chilled music from the sunny Costa Blanca.
Scot Lit Fest – LIVE
In a fit of ‘insert word that means madness’ I’m going to be part of an experiment on Sunday the 23rd ofJuly from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Facebook.
First Draft Done
Stuck this magic words, The End, on a first draft of a new novel. mo McIntyre, no Wings – all new crime book – series?
Bloody Scotland – the Launch and the Anthology
Due to the vagaries of WordPress I’ve been banned from my own website for a month. So time for a quick update.
Darkest Thoughts Launch Night – Thursday, 27th April
The launch of Darkest Thoughts will take place at 6:30pm on the 27th of April at Waterstones Argyle Street. My publisher has printed a special edition of all three books in the trilogy for the evening.
Sunday Times Crime Club
Myself, with the help from a few below authors made the Sunday Times Crime Club this month:
Look What Arrived in the Post
Look What Arrived in the Post
I’m delighted to say that, after a few years in the wilderness, that Charlie Wings, the star of Falling, is to make a comeback in Falling Too – a new novel, to be released by http://www.downandoutbooks.com in September 2017. A big thanks to Eric and the team and Down & Out Books.
In advance of the upcoming book launch I’m lined up to talk in front of the masses at the following:
Ok sneak preview of what’s to come, on a writing front, in 2017 (always subject to change).
Crying Over Spilled Words
Over at https://elementaryvwatson.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/guest-post-g-j-brown-on-crying-over-spilled-words/ you can see why slicing 40,000 words from my new novel was a good thing.
Speed Learning – what in the heck is that?
I’m a guest blogger at the Criminal Minds blog. Want to find out what speed learning is? Click here.
Sarah Tracy is Back
I introduced Sarah Tracy, a detective in the LAPD, in the Bouchercon Anthology, ‘Blood on the Bayou’. Well, she’s back, in a new short story, entitled ‘The Why.’ at Crime Thriller Girl’s website. Enjoy.
A big thanks to Patricia Stoltey for publishing my blog on her website.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 6 (Last Day)
My last day in New Orleans. I’m free to wander at will – a rare occurrence for me in the last few years. I could go to the gym, but I’m tired of that game. I could lie in bed all day, which would seem like a bit of a waste. I work out a plan.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 5
Today’s the last day of Bouchercon. No gym this morning – rolling over in bed, for an other hour, won out. I was due to chair one of the last panels of the festival today. Having sat through some great sessions I scratched my head to think of something original for my panel to do. In the most amazing burst of creativity I came up with the stunning idea of getting the panel members to ‘read from their work’ – I know, crazy.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 4
More gym this morning. I think this will be the end of the fitness phase for a while. Lying-in has its attractions. I pulled on my publishers t-shirt to show support today, that and it’s also a cool t shirt.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 3
Day 3, early rise, sweaty gym – again. I hope this is not a pattern. I have a panel today, so off with the shorts and on with a shirt – presentable is the name of the game. It kicked off at 11.00am and there’s a green room in the hotel to meet you fellow panellists before hand. My fellow panellists weren’t there. I sat for fifteen minutes as ‘Jimmy nae mates’ before making my way to the room where my panel was scheduled. Ta da – there I find them all.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 2
You’d think that a journey of 24 hour would knock your body for 6. Not so. Come 6.00am on Day 2, I’m part of the wide awake club. I spend half an hour trying to get back to sleep before I give on and go the gym – a small, hot sweaty (this word will figure a lot in the coming days) box buried deep in the hotel.
New Orleans – Bouchercon Day 1
I’ve been looking forward to Bouchercon for weeks but with Bloody Scotland landing the week before I haven’t had time to focus on it. Bouchercon is Set in New Orleans and I flew out from Glasgow on the Wednesday, catching the 9.00am flight to Newark. The trip got of to a great start with an upgrade. Then things slide backwards.
Bloody Scotland 2016 – My Top 5 Moments
I’m sitting in my dressing gown on the Monday morning. My head is mince and my body is telling me that I’m not 21.
My essay, done in the run up to Bloody Scotland appeared today. Cool. http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14721987.Essay_of_the_week__The_power_of_fear/
Crime Book Junkie
My first Craig McIntyre short story is on Crime Book Junkie. Let me know if it cuts the mustard? http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk/2016/08/gordon-brown-partners-in-crime-special/