2016 IN REVIEW

2016 IN REVIEW

What a rewarding, frustrating, lovely, awful year it has been. My agent secured me a two-book deal with Thomas & Mercer, an Amazon publishing company. Hope’s Peak was selected for Kindle First, a special promotion run on Amazon you have to be very lucky to get. It’s done amazingly well, and stuck around the Top 5 in the US Kindle chart all month. It comes out proper on New Year’s Day.
I have delivered Storm’s Edge, the second book of that two-book deal, and have strong plans for more. Hopefully I get to do them.
In August I was flown to Los Angeles to film two segments for Kindle Most Wanted, to promote Hope’s Peak. That should be out very soon.
This year saw Brexit mania here in the UK, which was incredibly frustrating and infuriating, since it was a political stitch-up sold to the public by a right-wing biased Murdoch-controlled media. In the states, it saw Donald Trump claim victory over Hilary Clinton – an outcome I don’t think anyone foresaw, but in a way was inevitable. Looking at what happened here in the UK, with Brexit, it’s obvious there was some kind of sea change occurring. I wonder what this will mean going forward. What will this new year bring in terms of the political climate?
Enough of that. I read some great stuff this year. The Top Five:

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Thief Of All Light by Bernard Schaffer

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

The Martian by Andy Weir

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

(Special mention to ‘Leonard’ by William Shatner, since it reduced me to tears – an honestly touching and insightful look at the mans life and legacy)

On the viewing front, I think the best film of the year is Rogue One, followed closely by Star Trek Beyond.
A movie I watched on the flight from LAX to Heathrow was 10 Cloverfield Lane, and it was great. Had some real moments of tension in there. Independence Day Resurgence was fun, if goofy. I finally got around to watching Gran Torino. I think it’s up there with Unforgiven.
Spectre was a really solid Bond film with a shit villain and unnecessary backstory. The Shallows was okay. In The Heart Of The Sea was entertaining, gruesome and raw. Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation was the best IMF film to date, in my opinion. Crimson Peak was thoroughly enjoyable, almost a gothic novel of a movie. Creepy, atmospheric. John Wick was amazing. Ricki and the Flash featured a fine turn from Meryl Streep. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks shone in Bridge Of Spies. On TV, Stranger Things was the best thing I watched all year. It was absorbing, funny, and scary as hell. I’m looking forward to a second season in 2017.

Storm’s Edge is out September 2017. I have plans for at least three sequels / additions to the series, so we’ll see what develops on that front. Until then, I have several projects going at once and, as always, it’s just a case of seeing which one comes to life first.

Happy New Year!

HOPE’S PEAK IS STORMIN’ THRU THE CHARTS

As of this writing, my novel Hope’s Peak is currently  #2 in the US Kindle Store, #3 in the UK Kindle Store and #19 in the Australian Kindle Store.

If you’ve read the book, please leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads – even if it’s just a sentence!

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HOPE’S PEAK OUT NOW ON KINDLE!

I’ve kept this secret for months. Hope’s Peak is out on Kindle RIGHT NOW! Paperback and Audiobooks follow on New Year’s Day.

You can get HOPE’S PEAK in the US by clicking here.

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You can get HOPE’S PEAK in Australia by clicking here.

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HOPE’S PEAK reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly

Here’s the review of HOPE’S PEAK in Publisher’s Weekly:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5039-4095-6

Hope’s Peak: A Harper and Lane Novel

Tony Healey. Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (226p) ISBN 978-1-5039-4095-6

In this solid series launch from Healey, best known for his Far from Home SF series, Det. Jane Harper, of Hope’s Peak, N.C., and her police colleagues struggle to find and stop the man who has raped and killed two young women. A witness says he was wearing a white bag over his head evocative of the KKK. Harper’s boss, Captain Morelli, gives Harper an old file of a similar case investigated by now retired detective Lloyd Claymore. Claymore tells Harper that there were many more such killings years ago, which were covered up by the powerful people who ran Hope’s Peak. He points her in the direction of Ida Lane, whose mother was a victim in 1985. Reclusive Ida possesses a paranormal ability to sense another’s thoughts when touching them, and she and a skeptical Harper make an odd team as an increasingly reckless killer continues to strike. Healey breaks no new ground, but he plows a fertile field in this blend of detection and the supernatural. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)

September/October Update

In August I was flown by my publisher, Thomas & Mercer, for filming in LA. The Kindle Most Wanted team shot two videos with me. “My Book In 15 Seconds” had me doing an elevator pitch for Hope’s Peak, against the clock. The second video, “If You Like . . .” had me citing comparable works to Hope’s Peak. I feel the filming went very well, and actually ended up enjoying it. I got time either side of that to explore LA, and meet some great T&M authors. Blake Crouch, Kirk Russell, Mathew Iden, Harry Hunsicker, and the lovely Diane Capri. I also got to meet a few more members of the T&M team, and finally got to meet my kickass editor at T&M, Jacque Ben-Zekry.

I have finished Harper & Lane Book 2, the sequel to Hope’s Peak. It’s being read by my trusted beta’s at the moment, and I’ll make changes to the manuscript based on their feedback. Then it will go to my agent Sharon to read before getting sent to Thomas & Mercer.

I’m currently hard at work at something new. A stand-alone thriller that explores a subject I’m interested in (a concept, really). I plan on having a second draft of that completed by November. Apart from any other changes made to H&L, Book2, this new project will be my last of 2016. Throughout December I will be plotting what I’m going to write next. Whether that’s finishing something I’ve abandoned for one reason or another, or a completely new project. I’ve got time to decide. But December off sounds good to me.

While we’re on the subject of Hope’s Peak, I have written a short story that serves as a prequel, and put it up for pre-order. It will come out December 15th.

PRE-ORDER ‘THE CALL (A HARPER & LANE SHORT STORY)’

I’ve also packaged several mystery/thriller titles in one collection, as my backlist was starting to look a bit scruffy. Night Walks is a collection of earlier works, including my crime novella Dead Pretty. That, too, will be out December 15th.

PRE-ORDER ‘NIGHT WALKS (COLLECTED EARLY WORKS)’

My good friend Bernard sent me a manuscript of his to read several months ago. I did an editorial pass, and helped where I could. I hope I made a positive contribution. Well, it went to our agent Sharon and she is sending it out in the next couple of days. It’s called The Thief Of All Light and is going to be a major hit. Remember I said that.

Things have been a bit nuts here, but I’ve found time to watch the excellent Crimson Peak; the gripping and impressive 10 Cloverfield Lane; not forgetting a pulpy treat, The Perfect Guy. My wife and I watched the last season of Rizzoli and Isles, which was nicely done. The finale was a low-key affair that honored the characters without feeling the need for set-pieces or over the top dramatics. I think they could easily make a Rizzoli and Isles movie now, as the door has certainly been left open for everyone to return.

I’ve been reading A God In Ruins, the companion novel to Life After Life; Blake Crouch’s mind-blowingly awesome Dark Matter; and as of this writing I am reading The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards. I’m looking forward to reading Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, his autobiography. I might save that one for the Christmas list.

Well, folks. That’s it for now. I should get paperbacks of Hope’s Peak soon. And a copy of the audiobook. Now it’s the wait for the release day. Until next time!

July/August Writing Update

Two updates in one this time.

I began writing the sequel to Hope’s Peak on the 31st of May. I finished the first draft on the 15th of July.

I am heading out to Los Angeles the middle of August for [CLASSIFIED] Thomas & Mercer business, and am hoping to complete the second draft of the sequel by then so that it can be sent to a few trusted readers for their feedback while I’m away.

It’s taking time to rewrite/revise, as I want to have the sequel be the very best it can be. At most I would say that I am managing to rework around 10 pages a day. Sometimes less. When you write a first draft, you’re really laying out the groundwork for what you will build in the second draft. So if, in this case, the foundations are there, I’m now laying the bricks.

Speaking for myself, I find the first draft the most difficult. The rest is a joy, to be honest. Every stage of a novel – hard copy edit, reader feedback, each and every edit copy-edit – is all in service of making it as good as it can possibly be. It can only get better with each pass, and I thoroughly enjoy the process. My favourite part is the hard copy edit. Printing the novel and going through it the old-fashioned way, with a red pen, is just something you can’t replace as a part of the process. You always catch something you wouldn’t have on a computer screen.

Hope’s Peak is now up for pre-order, and I’ve seen an early version of the paperback cover (which is amazing!). There should be word on ARC’s and the rest soon. And hopefully I’ll be able to tell you what all this [CLASSIFIED] Thomas & Mercer stuff is about…….