Last of the V8s – influences

I remember feeling quite sick when I saw the original Mad Max (1979) a long time ago. I was in my early teens. Spoiler alert – I wasn’t ready for the scene when Max’ wife and child are killed, even though I am sure it is almost acceptable afternoon viewing today. But the blue, red and yellow Ford Falcon Interceptor, and the black V8 were just magic. Of course, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) blew me away – I had to take my wife, Jane, to see it, so that she would at least have a frame of reference for what I was babbling about for the next few months.

But what’s this all about? Well, Pulp Driver is coming out soon, and I just wanted to say that it’s been a blast trying to translate a car chase scene from the screen to the page. I do have a male main character – Noah Lee, but the rest of the cast, including Mad Maddy Ryan the traffic cop, are all women. If car chases on the streets of Sydney, Australia are your thing, you might want to check it out.

Meanwhile, I’ve got to go and give the text a tune-up.

Available from Amazon

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Sifting through Blood

Constable (ret.) David Maratse can be a bit of a problem, and I thought I would take a moment to explain.

While Maratse does feature in the Arctic thriller The Ice Star, he also has his own series – two, in fact.

The Greenland Crime series, of which Blood Floe is book 2, are full-length crime novels.

The Arctic Shorts, of which The Last Flight is the fourth story in the series, are short stories set prior to the events in the Greenland Crime series. They are typically 15,000 words or a little over 50 pages each. The Arctic Shorts are crime with a Jack London-like feel. You’ve been warned. 😉

Both Blood Floe and The Last Flight are available for pre-order on Amazon.

Blood Floe USA, UK, Canada, and Australia

The Last Flight USAUKCanada and Australia

I hope that helps.

Cold Research

I write about a lot of things in my stories about which I have thankfully no experience, but there are some things I have done, and when I write about them I have a wealth of memories to inspire me. I had a team of dogs in Greenland, and, while it may have taken us a few years, we finally found our sledging mojo and made some tracks on the sea ice. We had plenty of misadventures too, but always got home safely, even in the dark.

The dogs were built for the Arctic, but I wasn’t. Every day was a learning curve. But I do miss it, and I miss my dogs. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have a team again. Until then, I’ll keep writing.

Small Time Criminal

There’s a star-studded cast …  and me. I have booked a coffee table stand at the Crime Festival in Horsens on the 17th and 18th March. There’s a lot of big crime writers coming. Lots of Scandinavians. Lots of Americans. Lots of Brits. And … me. When I contacted the organisers a while ago, they were kind enough to present the whole palette of options available. “Great,” I said. “And do you have anything smaller?”

I believe strongly in the old adage of fake it til you make it, and this small time crime writer is faking it all the way to Horsens this year. We’ll see what happens. Until then, be sure to check out the programme – and, if you’re looking for me … just keep scrolling to the very end.

The Festival looks really exciting, with loads of presentations, talks, book signings – the works. There should also be plenty for English readers this year. So, if you happen to be in the area, or are travelling to Denmark for the festival itself, please say “hi”, I’d love to meet you.

Oh, and if that’s not enough, the venue is the old State Prison!

Thrill of the Chase

I love chase scenes – watching them, writing them, even listening to them. One of my all time favourites is the foot chase in Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Brilliant! Then you’ve got the bank scene from Heat – not so much of a chase as an all out war on the streets – but the music, the build up, well, you’ve got to see it.

So, my parents – yes, parents – forced me to see Baby Driver this Christmas. It’s good, great music, of course, but…

Well, there’s this guy – Daniel Pemberton and he seems to have figured out exactly what to compose when it comes to a good chase scene. I thought he had cracked it with Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but apparently not. Because when I think of my own chase scene in Pulp Driver, it’s the King Arthur soundtrack I have in my head.

Click the link… go on!

Play it loud!

It’s magic!

#justseenthemovie

Danish Design

Meet Milla Moth – twenty-something,  shy, sensitive, serial killer. When her best friend is humiliated online, Milla takes a break from her studies and discovers a new talent – murder.

Why Milla?

Why now?

The idea of Milla and a New Adult story has been growing for a while, ever since I saw La La Land, and fell completely for the whole damn thing. Yes, I know, it’s not violent, there’s singing, dancing, and … what do you know? It’s brilliant. It works. And I want some of whatever it is, so… Milla.

And just like that, another short story is born, and a series, because shy Milla is acquiring a taste for what she can do with a pair of pliers, a hammer, an adjustable spanner… Oh, and did I mention, she dances?

Look out for Milla on Amazon USA, UK, Canada and Australia, but in the meantime, here’s a scene from La La Land that has nothing to do with Milla and her Danish Design.

#onehour2kill

What just happened?

Well, this is weird, I wrote a crime book. You know, the kind with an investigation, clues, red herrings, and an almost embarrassingly low body count. I mean, there’s like one murder – and it’s an actual murder! You know, not even a random killing with a spray of bullets, or death-by-iceberg or something similar. There’s a process and a reason for the murder.

This is just totally weird.

And the pace, it’s like… slower, with more character and stuff.

Strange.

The point-of-view varies too.

No, I don’t know what just happened, but in a little over a month – on Valentine’s Day – you will have the opportunity to find out. And, if you pre-order, you can find out at a pretty low price that would be around 0.99 in most currencies.

I’ll leave you with the links, while I get back to wondering about what just happened.

Amazon USA, UK, Australia, and Canada.