In a shameful dereliction of my blog, I haven't posted here for... well, longer than I can remember. Now I'm back I really don't know where to begin. Meanwhile, I have been posting almost daily brief updates on facebook so please check it out. You'll find lots of photos of recent events at bookshops, and festivals, this year, including drinking champagne with Jeff Deaver, and catching up with fellow authors Lee Child and Peter James at CrimeFest https://www.facebook.com/leigh.russell.50
In other news, my wonderful publisher has secured a fabulous deal with an Italian publisher, and brought out a special limited edition hardback of Death Bed, signed and numbered. These are only available from my publisher directly so do check out the link which you can find on my website http://leighrussell.co.uk/
I've been busy visiting bookshops and libraries. It's so important to support them both. Last Saturday I visited Waterstones in Guildford to sign my books. This is apparently the busiest store in the entire chain. There I sat, watching a queue of women lining up to pay for 50 Shades of Grey. For all the ccriticism of this book, denigrated as a jazzed up Mills and Boon, it has been a sales phenomenon thanks to all the hype about 'mummy porn'. I said my title would have to be 50 Shades of Purple... But seriously, I have to admit it doesn't appeal to me. My publisher (who also hasn't read it) suggested (joking?) that I write an 'erotic crime' novel. You can read quite a few responses to that idea on facebook!
Thank you very much to all of you who have continued to
follow this blog even though I've been largely absent. I'll
try to do better!