I can’t believe that Don’t Look Behind You has been out for a month and is still in the top 100. The Girls Next Door is sitting near to it and has been in the top 100 for over four months. It’s such an amazing feeling and it makes me very excited about the future.
Yet, as Don’t Look Behind You is my tenth crime novel, I find myself at a bit of a crossroads. Having written so many books, I’ve set out to do what I intended. So I decided to look to my readers to see what they wanted me to write next. Last month I sent out a reader survey and was staggered at the results. I had over 500 questionnaires completed and over 70% of those surveyed had read between 5 and 9 of my books, and over 50% had read all 9. (Don’t Look Behind You had yet to be released when I sent out the survey.)
I then asked my readers what they wanted me to write next and it really took me by surprise. The main three things, in order, were more Estate books, more psychological thrillers and more Allie Shenton, which I guess could mean more police procedurals. What was great to see, is my mix of emotion and grit really seems to work.
As someone who struggled with twelve years of rejection, it’s extra special to have achieved so many sales and a truly loyal fan base. I have reader emails coming in all the time from all over the world, messages on Facebook and Twitter and it is truly humbling. So for anyone out there who wants to be a writer, keep on keeping on.
Is there a writer in you?
The Kindle Storyteller Prize is a new competition recognising newly published work in the English language across all genres. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 20th February and 19th May 2017.
Titles must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words and 24 pages in print. The winning author will receive a cash prize of £20,000 and a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, as well as the opportunity to have their book translated.
This shortlist will then be reviewed by a panel of judges – made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities who will select the overall winner. The prize winner will be announced at a central London ceremony in July.
You can read my story here – I call Taunting the Dead my door opener
You can find out more here – www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller