More talking

...which you won't find at all surprising, coming from me.

But we're talking Talking Books again, as it were. 

Firstly, an apology for being silent for a while. The reason is that I've got quite a bit on at the moment.  There's the first new book of next year to get sorted, or the initial draft, at least.  It's due in with the publishers by the end of the month, which means it's controlled panic time.

Well, mostly controlled!  Some days more so than others.

More about the new book in future blogs.

The other thing that's been occupying me is preparing to turn the tvdetective series into Talking Books.  I think I've just realised how much work is involved.  From reading a few test pages, and some quick calculations, I reckon it'll take about 15 hours recording time per book.

So, that's 45 hours or so for The Death Pictures, Evil Valley and The Judgement Book in all - or more than a working week!  I shall rule off my weekends for a fair few to come...

But, the important point is that it's flattering to be asked, and I'm delighted the series is to become Talking Books.  Although I have to say, I do find it a surreal thought, the idea of readers driving around in their cars, or lying in bed listening to me.

The other thing I've been doing is preparing a few voices for the characters.  I'm no actor, but I think I should at least have a try at making some of the gang sound the way I imagine them.

It'll be interesting - to say the least - to see if it's the way you imagine them too...