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Quay News Reveals All

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 18:06
Graham Hurley’s motivation for basing hislatest crime story on Regatta Court beenrevealed in an exclusive in the Quay Digest.These last few years, he has shared countlessoffshore and upriver expeditions witha bunch of like-minded veterans from theExmouth Rowing Club. He also happensto write crime thrillers for a living. Andone ill-judged morning a couple of yearsback, these two passions of his – scribingand oaring – collided head-on with consequencesnow available at Best Books on The Parade.In retrospect, Graham said “we should never havelaunched. A four metre tide was...

Survival By Numbers

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 15:09
     Making any kind of living as a novelist is rapidly becoming a real challenge.  Once upon a time, if you were lucky enough to be in print, you could pretty much rely on the publisher to do the heavy promotional lifting for you.  Your precious tome got a decent launch party, armies of reviewers – giddy on free Moet -  reached for their pens, and hey presto off you went.  If sales figures responded to this tide of free publicity, the marketing honchos would pile in and conjure all kinds of magic to hoist you into the Top Ten.  One bright...

What Next?

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 09:41
          Where do books come from?  Here’s a clue or two.  We’d been away for a while, travelling in China and South East Asia.  It had been a longish trip, long enough to tackle re-entry with your mind wiped clean of the UK we take for granted.  Shanghai, Hong Kong,  Hanoi,  Ho Chi Minh City,  Phnom Penh, and innumerable points in between had given us a new perspective on what it is to be, or maybe to feel, English.  Then, after the usual drowsy surfacing from jet lag, we were back in a landscape that felt...

Talking to the Converted

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:10
 Really nice event on Tuesday at the University of Winchester,  where I talked about Adventures in the Wrtiting Biz to the monthly meeting of the Hampshire Writers' Society.  Good turnout of practitioners and an extremely warm reception to what I had to say. Also on the platform was Hampshire Poet,  Brian Evans-Jones,  who penned this blog the following day.  I spent an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening last night at the Hampshire Writers’ Society. I was invited as the warm-up act, giving a brief plug for the Writing Hampshire project,...

"Western Approaches" Hits the Bookshops

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:01
The week before last saw the publication of Western Approaches - first in the new spin-off Jimmy Suttle series after the end of the Pompey novels - plus Strictly No Flowers,  an e-book available on all platforms.  Both books come from Orion,  and both books are a bit of a departure after a decade in the company of Joe Faraday and Paul Winter.  Small wonder, therefore,  that yours truly has been a tad nervous about reader reaction. I'm glad to report,  though,  that comments to date - fielded largely through this website - have been more than...

Where Does All That Time Go?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 14:35
 A questionnaire for Phil Barrington at Writers' Forum.  The subject?  Where do all those precious hours go?  Read on... What commitments do I have? We’ve got kids,  plus a grandchild,  round the corner.  Lots of babysitting.  I go offshore rowing twice weekly in a five-man scull,  and am Chairman of the Exmouth Rowing Club.  Loads of exercise and mateship (all good) but more admin faffing than you’d ever imagine.  I contribute to a French conversation class once a week and have just embarked on Spanish.  I...

Backlist Hits the Kindle Shelf

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 10:39
Today sees the e-publication of my entire Pan/Macmillan backlist on Kindle,  plus the first three books in the D/I Joe Faraday series.  Says Oli Munson,  my agent at Blake Friedmann,  "With Orion’s publication of WESTERN APPROACHES fast approaching, it’s wonderful to have the first three Faraday and Winter books finally available as e-books as well as Graham’s extensive backlist of standalone thrillers. I’m delighted that we’ve reached an arrangement with Amazon to be the exclusive e-book vendor and I can’t wait for a new generation...

"Backstory" Gathers Speed

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 08:30
Your grateful scribe is happy to report that e-copies of "Backstory" are flying off the Kindle shelf.  This is the book-length account of how and why I penned the Faraday series,  an exploration of the pros and cons of crime writing in a savagely competitive marketplace.  Think one of those "Extra" features on movie DVDs.  Some readers are finding it really helpful in understanding what it takes to get alongside working cops.  Others have gone back to the series with a series of fresh perspectives. Here's a typical reaction...

Interview with Lynne Hackles in Writing Magazine

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 13:09
Crime writer Graham Hurley admits to being mega-organised. 'The knowledge that I have to fill the fridge every day is a great discipline – and always has been. In a previous life I was a salaried TV documentary producer and knew I could depend on a monthly pay cheque. Once I stepped into the world of writerdom, that safety net vanished. In this business, especially in the current climate, you're always at the mercy of your last set of sales figures. If the stuff doesn't work on the page - and in the marketplace - you're going to be looking at an empty fridge.’ Thus...

First Review for "Backstory"

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 14:41
A novel departure!, 26 May 2012By Roman- See all my reviewsThis review is from: Backstory (Kindle Edition)I got this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, because I've read all the Farady and Winter books and enjoyed the way the series developed and grew. Secondly, I'm starting out as a writer and I wanted to find out how someone else who is successful had done it. Thirdly, just plain curious! It's not the type of book Hurley has written before and is one of a number if interesting new books since the end of the Faraday and Winter books.Backstory tells the story of the...

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