Sunday, 27 March 2011

How it all got started

All of the stories in Nowhere To Go have been published before. They've appeared in some of the best known publications for short crime fiction in print, such as Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's, and also on the web in publications like Shots and Hardluck Stories. One Of Us formed the basis of a novel that was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and One Step Closer won the Derringer Award for Best Short Story. I obviously need to write more stories with 'one' in the title. The Chain was voted into the Ellery Queen's readers top ten stories for the year, and I've had two interesting discussions about film rights for the story, although as is so often the case it's gone no further than that.

As I mentioned, short stories have a habit of disappearing, so I was delighted by the offer from Keith Brooke at Infinity Plus to publish a collection of my crime fiction. Infinity Plus is one of the biggest archives of sf/f short stories, excerpts, reviews and interviews on the web. After ten years it stopped adding new content, but all the existing content is available, and the Infinity Plus name is now carrying on in a new ebook imprint.

In its new form, IP is publishing novels and short story collections from a wide range of authors, and not just in sf/f. I'm not the only crime writer there: Kaitlin Queen's novel One More Unfortunate is a crime novel set in mid-90s Essex. Kaitlin is a very talented writer who has written best-selling children's fiction under another name; 'One More Unfortunate' is her first novel for an adult audience. Other writers published under the Infinity Plus imprint include Robert Freeman Wexler, Neil Williamson, the Hugo and World Fantasy Award winner John Grant, and more.

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