It's widely thought that second books, like second albums, are tricky things. I was certainly advised by more experienced authors to make sure I'd written the next book before my first book was published.
When CLOSE TO ME came out this time last year, I thought I understood what to expect. I'd wanted to be a published author for many years, had worked hard to get there, a few abandoned manuscripts behind me, so surely writing another book would be the same?
In some ways that was true, but second books have to compete with the first one. Not just in terms of reviews and sales, but also for the author's time : attending events, writing features and blog posts, keeping up with support on social media, and of course enjoying the launch.
I started writing my second book as soon as the edits were completed on book one. By paperback publication of CLOSE TO ME in July, I had a good first draft of LYING TO YOU. I attended my first Harrogate Crime Writers' Festival and anticipated a few edits after I got back. In fact, book two would go through two major rewrites in the following months.
I'm very proud of LYING TO YOU, so even though it proved to be much trickier than I'd anticipated, I know that it's all been worth it.
I hope you all enjoy reading it as much I loved writing it; every last 'tricksy' word.
LYING TO YOU - publishes in eBook & Audio April 1st 2018
Paperback 26th July 2018
You'd know if you were lying to yourself, wouldn't you?
When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter's student, she made an accusation that ultimately saw him sentenced to three years in prison. A jury found him guilty, but he always maintained his innocence. Now, Jess's mother's death has brought her back to the village where she grew up, and where Mark still lives with his wife. And the truth about that night ten years ago which nearly destroyed them both is finally going to come out.