One of the unexpected advantages of this series is that I am discovering so many new authors for me to add to my ever growing list. Today’s new find is Tony Forder, a crime fiction author and as you know, if you read my blog regularly, I LOVE crime fiction. Tony had an amazing year in 2017 but I’ll let him tell you about it. The usual links are in the post along with blurbs and links for all three of his books. Enjoy!
2018 – DREAMS, WISHES AND RESOLUTIONS
Looking back, if I’d had a single wish for 2017 it would have been that I’d find some work. I was made redundant in December 2016, and so faced an uncertain future. I’d set myself up as a self-employed consultant but it was a struggling business model even before it got off the ground. I had also established a web presence for my writing, which my wife had persuaded me to start taking seriously again. I had confidence in neither. Yet, during January I secured a great part-time consultancy contract, and by the end of the first week of February I had signed to Bloodhound Books in a two book deal.
That’s how much a life can change for the better in the blink of an eye!!
And so to 2018. March sees the release of my fourth novel for Bloodhound Books. The Scent of Guilt is the follow-up to my first book, Bad to the Bone, featuring detectives Bliss and Chandler, which is based in Peterborough where I have now lived for the past 30 years.
Having exceeded all of my writing expectations last year, it’s hard to know what to hope for in the coming 12 months. After all, throughout 2017 I received my first publishing contract, did my first public reading, my first mass author signing event, my first solo book launch at Waterstones, and appeared in my first newspaper article. So where do things go from here?
I’m not usually one for New Year resolutions, but as I am due to reach the big 6-0 in February, I may well resolve to keep my focus, to write as much as possible while I am able to, and not pass up any opportunity to enjoy the ride. Sure, I’d love to have a bestseller, but that’s what dreams are reserved for. Resolutions are about things within your grasp, under your control, and all I can really do is develop and improve and hope that readers continue to appreciate my work.
I’ve encountered so many wonderful and generous people over the past year. Fellow authors, bloggers, readers, willing to give up their time to offer advice, provide reviews or general observations. I’ve gained a readership, a loyal one at that. My publishers are brilliant, and I cannot over-emphasise how grateful I am to them. Obviously another goal for me in 2018 is to sign another contract for at least one more book, and by the end of the year I do hope to have completed the two I am currently working on – a third outing for Bliss and Chandler, plus a follow-up to Scream Blue Murder.
I could not possibly have foreseen the events of 2017, so I’m not even going to try and guess what this year has in store for me. I hope some further success, I hope for improved health that may actually allow me to attend some of the events I missed out on last year. But in terms of my part-time writing career, I would love to build on the success I’ve had so far, and to continue enjoying the social interaction with all of the lovely people I have come to know.
The highlight for me last year was not the great reviews, nor the sales, nor even being embraced warmly by the writing community. It was the far more simple pleasure of walking into my local branch of Waterstones and seeing my book there surrounded by all the authors I have admired down the years. 2018 is really going to have to go some to top that.
About the author:
Long ago, back in the mists of time, when Tony was filled with ambition and brimming with ideas, he wrote a short story for a national competition. The competition was judged by an edior from Pan Books, who liked it enough to choose it as the winner, and to also publish his work in the forthcoming Dark Voices series, which had replaced the famous Pan Book of Horror Stories. And so it was that Gino’s Bar and Grille became Tony’s first published piece, in Dark Voices II
Following a conversation with author Brian Lumley, at a book signing for Dark Voices II, Tony began to feel as if he belonged amongst the writing fraternity. Tony also started to think that maybe, just maybe, he had a novel in him.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, but was unable to find a publisher for it, despite coming within a whisker of doing so. He continued to write, but only recently began taking his work more seriously in terms of believing he could become published.
On 1st February 2017, Bloodhound Books announced they had signed Tony to their stable of writers. On Saturday 29 April they released Bad to the Bone. Bloodhound had also signed Tony to write a second title in the series, which will be available in 2018 and is called The Scent of Guilt.
With Degrees of Darkness published on 19 September 2017, and Scream Blue Murder following swiftly afterwards in November, Tony is currently busy working on book three in the Bliss & Chandler series, as well as a follow-up to Scream Blue Murder.
About the books:
A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.
A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.
As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.
As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.
When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?
And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?
Bad to the Bone: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Bone-Tony-J-Forder/dp/1912175177
DEGREES OF DARKNESS
Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.
Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.
When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.
In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.
But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank unravel the mystery, when he has so much to lose?
Degrees of Darkness: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degrees-Darkness-Tony-J-Forder-ebook/dp/B075C9W81F
SCREAM BLUE MURDER
Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.
Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.
Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is.
When you can’t identify the victim, how can you find the killer?