.....I'm doing a few different events in the upcoming months if anyone wants to drop by, depending on what part of the world you're in, of course. In May I'll be appearing at Lincoln Book Festival, and I'll also back over to England in July for the Harrogate Festival. In June I'll be doing my first proper reading in Dublin for many's a year at the new Gutter bookshop, which seems to be fast carving out a niche for itself as a venue for writerly events. This one is to promote the paperback launch of 'The Day of the Jack Russell'. The same month will also see the publication of the first in a new children's series: 'SOS: Icequake!' to be swiftly followed by 'SOS: Firestorm!' with a third just about to be started.
I had thought that the third Mystery Man story, 'Dr. Chicago' (or indeed 'Dr. Yes', depending on what the publishers ultimately decide is better) wouldn't appear until 2011. Although I finished it several months ago, it took a while to get a new contract sorted out and so it only got submitted last week. But now it looks like it's going to be squeezed into the Autumn schedule this year, so you should hopefully be looking for it come November. Then the idea is to get to work on the new Dan Starkey book.
Nothing to report yet on the TV front - broadcasters still have to decide if Mystery Man is going to happen, and the same applies to 'Alice Glass', the original crime script I came up with a while back.
I haven't been involved in the movie biz proper for years - not in fact since 'Wild About Harry' back in 2000. Interestingly Warner Bros. have recently optioned it for a remake....though I should point out that they option lots of things that never get made, so I'm not buying a Ferrari on the strengh of it. Meanwhile, some of you may remember my novel, 'Empire State'. It was the fourth I wrote, and it has been out of print for some considerable time. There was also nearly a movie version, but it all fell apart in the wake of 9/11. Now there are rumblings that it might be up and running again. Keep you posted.
Next time: I'll tell you about the play wot I wrote, and where you can see it.