Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Ace crime writer Peter James writes from the UK
Above Peter James (right) talks to Bookman Beattie at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival in May this year.
Yet again it has been a wonderfully busy month. The really
big news has been the UK launch of the hardback, e-book and audio versions of
my 8th Roy Grace novel, Not Dead Yet, as well as the paperback publication of my standalone thriller
about "designer babies", Perfect People.
I was gratified to see Not Dead Yet go straight into the official UK bestseller list at No 1,
beating American James Patterson - for the second time! I was also very
delighted this week, for the first time ever, to have books in the Hardback Top
10, Paperback Top 10 and Kindle Top 10. As I write, Not Dead Yet is No 2 in hardback, Perfect People is No 9 in paperback and No 6 on Kindle!
Also as an added bonus, two weeks ago I scored my first ever
Canadian No 1 with Dead
Within the next few days I will be signing a really exciting TV
mini-series deal for Perfect
People, and I hope to be
able to give you all the details of that in my next newsletter. Meanwhile
work on planning for the movie of Dead Simple is steadily progressing behind the scenes...
I've just returned from a research trip to the USA with my "real
life" Roy Grace, former Detective Superintendent Dave Gaylor, where we
have been attending a conference and meeting a number of police officers in New
Orleans. It is never any hardship for me to go to New Orleans - one of my
favourite cities - I love the French Quarter with its narrow streets and
fantastic street-life, its smoking bars and its fabulous food - especially
those Louisiana oysters. The downside? Erm, I put on rather too
I'm back in the US on July 9 to attend the wonderful convention
of crime and thriller writers, Thrillerfest. I am doing these three events open to all there
(but you have to register for the convention):
- CraftFest 4:00pm I'm talking on the theme "FICTION OR FACT:
How Important Is Research?"
Friday 13th (!)
- 4:00pm - I'm Panel Master for "Does Evil Exist?" My
panelists will be Al Giannini, Alma Katsu, Raymond Khouri, Bill Landay,
John Lescroart & T Jefferson Parker. Each of us is going to tell
the audience something evil we have done, so it should be - well - evil!
- I am the host for the ThrillerMasters' Roundtable - where I will be
joined by three giants of the US thriller world - David Morrell, RL Stine
and Sandra Brown. We are going to be talking about a wide range of
stuff, including things the public do not know about us....!
this week I was on UK Breakfast TV. For those of you who missed it, click
here to watch.
Thanks Peter, we look forward to you visiting New Zealand again sometime.