Inside the Fiction Factory – Part 33

Free Book Weekend

This weekend, February 18th and 19th, my best seller The Kill Chain is on free download. If you haven’t caught up with it yet, this weekend is an ideal time to grab a copy and see what it’s all about.

You can download the book by clicking on this link here

I am being featured this weekend on the website of the wonderful author JC Gemmell. I talk about my science fiction novel The Copernicus Coercion and also cybercrime thriller The Kill Chain.

You can read by clicking on this link here

I donated blood at the beginning of the week. I’ve been doing this for a few years now. I appreciate not everyone is able to do so, but I would encourage you to go along and donate if you can. It’s painless, doesn’t take long and you will be helping to save a life. I have family and friends who have been saved by the donations from others so if you can give blood that would be amazing.

I’m well into draft four of the sequel to The Kill Chain, called The Kill Switch. I also came up with another idea for a book in the series, called The Kill Pill. It’s just as well I’m writing these down as there are quite a few now. I really need to have The Kill Switch finished by the end of the month as other projects are now starting to compete for my time and I’m keen to get on with them.

This week I’ve been reading The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney which was unfinished, but completed by Ian Rankin. This is a great read and the dialogue is first class.

I’ve also just received The People Hacker by Jenny Radcliffe. I’ve seen Jenny talk at conference a couple of times and she hosted a panel I took part in during 2021, so I am incredibly excited to read the story of how she became the foremost social engineer in the world today. Jenny is paid to be a burglar, using her skills at people hacking to get through whatever security the building puts in her way.

I think I will put this thought here, but something on my bucket list is to play the piano for the public in a railway station. We have pianos in stations here for anyone to sit down at and entertain the public. I thought doing a talk in stand-up fashion in the Comedy Club in Edinburgh was scary enough. Playing piano in public really scares me. I’m rehearsing the now and I will keep you posted later in the year.

Finally, my Spanish is coming on fine. I’m keeping up the routine of doing a little each day and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Hasta luego.


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