It’s been nearly a month since my last blog post. I thought the excitement surrounding the launch of THE LIE would have died down by now but, if anything, things have become even more exciting.
THE LIE charted at #11 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart after a part week of sales then shot up to #5 after a full week. My little book was up in the top 5 with literary legends like Lee Child, Stephen King and Ian McEwan. I couldn’t believe it!
Since then it’s dropped a few positions but, four weeks after publication, it’s still hanging on in there at #15.
Amazing news in the ebook charts too. THE LIE has hit the #1 slots in the Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebook charts and today it finally inched past the brilliant The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and hit the #1 slot on Amazon Kindle! THE ACCIDENT, my first psychological thriller, managed #3 so this is a first for me.
What means more to me than the ranking is all the lovely messages of support amd congratulations I’ve received from readers, bloggers and fellow authors, as well as my editor and the lovely team at Avon. Every single message has made today incredibly special and I’ve celebrated with a bottle of champagne, a takeaway and the last season of Mad Men!
Last weekend was CrimeFest and I attended the awards dinner with Elizabeth Haynes (who is lovely, as well as being an exceptional author, and gave me a great quote for THE LIE) and talented new HarperCollins author and very entertaining dinner companion Marnie Riches. I love the crime festivals. You’d think crime authors would be dark, brooding creatures but they’re the wittiest, funniest people you could ever hope to meet and I’m already looking forward to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate in July.
Next month I’m off to my home town of Worcester for the literary festival where I’ll be on a crime panel with three AMAZING writers – Alex Marwood, Sarah Hilary and Clare Mackintosh. If you live nearby do come along, we’d love to meet you. Details on ‘Events’ tab above. See some of you there, hopefully.