Exciting Times

Well, things have certainly taken an interesting turn of late.

First of all, I have had a couple of endorsements for DIP FLASH. And I am rather pleased with them. The first one that came in was from a literary hero of mine, David Gaffney a.k.a. the Godfather of Flash. (If you haven’t read SAWN-OFF TALES, go and buy a copy right now. And then buy everything else he’s written, OK? Really, I mean it.) This is what he said, anyway:

Endlessly inventive and astonishingly original these sharply executed slivers of wit and fun are well-crafted yet have at the same time a rawness that makes you feel that they could have sprung out from Pinnock’s mind in one single unedited bound.

The second one that came in was from none other than Joanne Harris. Yes, THAT Joanne Harris. Joanne ‘Chocolat’ Harris. Joanne ‘Million-selling, Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp and all that’ Harris. Do I need to say more? This is what she said:

It’s really quite a remarkable collection – compact, witty, incisive and surreal. Loved it!

I think those will both do quite nicely on the cover. I am so grateful to David and Joanne for taking the time to read and comment.

Something else happened, too.

I signed a contract with the excellent Farrago Books for the first two in a new series of humorous thrillers, starting with THE TRUTH ABOUT ARCHIE AND PYE. The official announcement is still pending, so all I can really say is that the first one will be out some time later on this year. This is the culmination of a long and sometimes painful journey that deserves a long and sometimes painful blog post all of its own. Watch this space.

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