So, here's the thing! In 2008 I was frequenting the charity shops looking for books to add to my collection (this was in the dark unenlightened days before the Kindle and the ebook) when I came across a handful of Writing Magazine. I'd just started writing, and it was exactly the thing I was looking for. I was beginning to wonder if anybody produced a magazine on writing. Well, discovered somebody did. So, I devoured every copy, and then subscribed. I'm still a subscriber now, and look forward to each magazine flopping through the letterbox every few months. So, if you're looking for regular features on writing, I can recommend it. Although, they have a feature on self-publishing in the July copy and I'm not in it! I know, somebody's head is gonna make my spike look good.
Oh, I forgot to tell you! I've published another book. I know, how could it have slipped my mind? Well, I get confused. What with these characters inside my head talking to me all the time - chitter, chatter, chitter, chatter - it's no wonder I forget things sometimes a lot. So, this magnus opus is another Parish & Richards: The Twinkling of an Eye - that's 13 now! Who'd have thought when Jed Parish met Mary Richards at that bleak snowy crime scene in Chigwell it would turn out this way?
I was recently subjected to an interview by the incomparable children's author David Chuka, and do you know that a million photographs were taken of me at the London Book Fair? No, I don't suppose you do - unless, of course, you were one of those who took a few of them! Anyway, have a guess how many I have? You guessed - zero, zilch, nul. Until now. David, unknown to me, was at LBF14 happy snapping and managed to take one of me helping some inquisitive children on book choices at Author HQ! David has kindly identified me - with a red arrow - as the main suspect in this case, but for those with eagle-eyes there's also a head shot of me on the hoarding that Amazon were using as a warning to others who might think that life will never catch up with them!
Also, let me tell you that I've made the Parish and Richards series available in chunks of three - that's four trilogies to you, Toady. And, if that weren't enough - if you buy three together they're cheaper than buying them individually! Is that a deal, or is that a deal? And, if that weren't enough - I've done the same with Quigg. I know, call me a mad impetuous fool!
Well, I suppose that's about it then. Although, I'd like to thank my army of fans - all three of them - for supporting my continuing efforts to achieve mediocrity. I think it's working!
Hi, I'm Tim Ellis - I write a lot and I hope you enjoy what I write.