Once again HHQ has been cracking the whip for an update so here it is â€“ a few days before I leave for South Africa on my latest book tour. My son has asked me to bring him back a Zulu mask. My wife has asked me to bring her back a Zulu. Is this worrying?
So, NIGHTRISE came out about a month ago and went straight to number one in the best sellers list. I only mention this because if Snakehead does the same next November, then Iâ€™ll have done it three times in a year which may be a world record. (And thereâ€™s even a fourth book coming out in Decemberâ€¦a Diamond brothers novella called â€śThe Greek That Stole Christmas.â€ť) Itâ€™s been quite a year and itâ€™s still only June!
Anyway, Iâ€™m glad to say that the response to Nightrise has been terrific. How are you getting on with the competition? A signed typescript is sitting in front of me and it could be worth as quid or two on eBay â€“ especially if I get eaten by a crocodile or something in S Africa. Curiously, I was in Hay-on-Wye last weekâ€¦the whole place is full of second hand bookshops and I saw copies of my earlier books on sale for around ÂŁ100. Collectors items, apparently. So crack those keys and win the prize. Thereâ€™s only one typescript left in the world.
I now have a title for the next volume (4) in the Power of Fiveâ€¦although if you donâ€™t like it, I can always think again. Itâ€™s going to be called CITY OF THE DEAD. Most of it is set in Hong Kong, as you know, and I hope to go out there later this year for research. Iâ€™ve got about 50% of the book in my head. Did any of you guess what Scarâ€™s secret power is? There are clues in NIGHTRISE. Itâ€™s going to make a great final chapter with devastation on a massive scaleâ€¦in fact Iâ€™m really looking forward to writing the end of the book which is always a good sign. It makes me keener to start writing the beginning.
I donâ€™t know when Iâ€™ll get to HK though. Iâ€™m in S Africa for ten days â€“ Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg and then four days after I get back, Iâ€™m off to Los Angeles. A big agency, William Morris, has just taken me on and the idea is to sell a series to American TV. Weâ€™ll see. The series is called THE ENEMY and itâ€™s sort of a cross between The Matrix and Lost. Rememberâ€¦you heard it here first.
My son â€“ Cass (aka fonos) is coming with me to LA. He finishes his GCSEâ€™s next week. I hope itâ€™s going well â€“ this is a message for those of you out there in the middle of exams. If Cass gets more than three bâ€™s, heâ€™s leaving home. Not voluntarily. Heâ€™s doing some work experience with me and then weâ€™re going to Las Vegas. I still love magic and Lance Burton is one of the best magicians on the circuit. So a last bit of fun before the results come in.
SNAKEHEAD is now finally and seriously finished. The final page count is 398, making it the longest Alex so far. With two pages of acknowledgements it breaks the 400 mark! It comes out in November, but in hardback. Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™m happy with this idea but it was Walker Books who wanted to do it and who am I to argue? Hopefully, the shops will discount it â€“ and the paperback will follow in April â€™08. This is the time when I always worry about a book but â€“ I know Iâ€™ve said this before â€“ Iâ€™m fairly confident about this new one. Iâ€™ve read a few extracts at school visits and the response has been good.
Apart from the books, you may have caught me on TV or the radio. Iâ€™ve done a show called NEWSNIGHT REVIEW a couple of times. It means talking about books and plays â€“ itâ€™s filmed live at 11.00pm on a Friday. I appear on a book quiz quite soon tooâ€¦look out for it. Itâ€™s on BBC3. I wonâ€™t tell you if I won or not but at least I didnâ€™t make too much of a fool of myself.
FOYLEâ€™S WAR is finished. I donâ€™t know if anyone cares or not but I wrote seventeen two-hour films over the last six years so itâ€™s been a big part of my life. My wife, Jill Green, was the producer. Not sure what weâ€™ll talk about now that itâ€™s gone.
Well, HHQ has read this and must have OKâ€™ed it because here it is on the site. Iâ€™ll blog again when I get back from LA, hopefully with stories to tell.