Posted by on August 14th, 2009

Yep. Sorry. You knew it was going to be a little like this when I reopened the blog. Not much has been going on, in all honesty. I’ve got a couple of book review comment type things to add at some point, but, in the meantime, I’ve been starting work on Book Six. It’s been interesting, after all the planning, to try a new technique: I’ve been taking my new MacBook Pro out and working in some of the pubs of Leeds. It’s good, as it gets me out of the house – and, more importantly, away from the internet. (I’ve seen some sights, as well). I’ve not quite managed 1000 words a day, but only because I’ve been flying freely, and then tightening up a bit as I go. When I start something, there’s always a period of ‘writing myself into it’. Finding the voice, tone and rhythm: settling into it. And so that’s been involved too. After eight proper days writing, I’m at 7,600 words. And I think that’s okay, as the voice is starting to come together for me, and lots of new ideas are emerging from the draft, which is kind of essential. Annoying but essential. Annoying but exciting. And so on.

In the meantime, The 50/50 Killer has done great guns in the e-book sales. Apparently – and I find this hard to believe – it’s Orion’s top-selling e-book (not sure if this is crime, all fiction, or across the board) and by quite some distance. That’s pretty amazing, even though e-book sales are still a small part of the market. I love it, anyway. Waterstone’s seem to love it too. And so thank you to anyone and everyone who downloaded it. I hope you liked it. Let me know.

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7 Responses to “tumbleweeds…”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Old lady styleee have borrowed it from the library and am about to start it this evening…. will let you know! Just read The Cutting Crew and The Third Person so on a bit of a Mosbyfest right now! First two a little more futuristic than I can get to grips with, having loved Cry for Help which led me to removing all of your books from my local library in one fell swoop! e-books, not sure, there is something hugely indulgent about sitting with a good bottle of wine and a book proper, right there in your hand and even better if slightly tainted with cigarette smoke from the last reader (library woman strikes again) as a reformed smoker (yea right!) love the smell of cigs trapped in pages of library books. Am I weird, probably! Spend all day in front of a computer supposedly working, in actual fact reading blogs, so an e-book would feel like a bit more of the same and the words don’t go in if they are only on the screen for me, they are more “virtual” than I care for, you cant beat the heft of a physical book I reckon!

  2. stevemosby Says:

    Hi there, Debbie. Yeah – the first two are a bit different from the ones that have come afterwards. Still Bleeding is more like 50/50 Killer and Cry for Help, although I guess ot deals with some of the same issues as Third Person, just in a more conventional setting. Hope you enjoy it, anyway.

    I know what you mean about real books. As a bit of a geek, I do like the idea of e-books, but the technology needs a bit of work yet. Cigarette smoke trapped in the pages, though … hmmm. Well, I’m a smoker – for the moment – so I’m not going to say you’re weird…

  3. Debbie Says:

    Hi again

    just finished the 50/50 Killer, which really got under my skin in the way only Mo Hayder has done before. Really enjoyed it and now making regular checks on the library to see when they eventually get Still Bleeding and if I am quick then I might even have the ultimate luxury of being the first reader of a brand new book, all that pristine, undog-eared loveliness – even more seductive than cigarette smoke tainted pages!

  4. stevemosby Says:

    Hello there again. Really glad you enjoyed it – thanks for posting and letting me know, I appreciate it! And Mo Hayder is good company, and very flattering, so thank you. I love her writing. She’s one of the few writers I go out of my way to buy a new book from as soon as it comes out.

  5. Debbie Says:

    Jeez feel like a proper stalker now!!

    Wanted to read the Brian Lindenmuth post-mortem for 50/50 Killer and your thoughts and neither link is working (getting Error 404 Not found, fyi) just thought I’d let you know, in a non-stalkery way!

  6. stevemosby Says:

    Ah, I’ll have to change them. The article and comments are still available, but the address must have shifted.

    You can read the article here:

    And the comments here:

    Thanks for letting me know!

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