Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year

Hi folks and Happy New Year, and first of all apologies to anyone who has been coming to the site looking for exciting updates only to find nothing happening whatsoever. I could say many things, make many excuses, but the simple fact is that I've been completely lazy, or, as Oscar Wilde used to say, I couldn't be arsed.

I could blame it on the fact that the laptop from which I monitor the site got stolen from Belfast International Airport, but it would be a blatant lie. (It did get stolen, but I could easily have run the site from another computer. It got stolen when my back was turned for about three seconds, and this at six o'clock in the morning. God, those thieves have to work such unsocial hours.) But what with the New Year and all that, I promise to be back on track as far as these blogs are concerned.

Meanwhile, back in Bateman land anyone interested to know what's been happening, fasten your seat belts:

Actually, loosen them, it's not that exciting. Book wise, hopefully you'll know that Belfast Confidential is now out in hardback (in mainland GB) and trade paperback in Ireland. There was a BIG problem with supplies in Ireland coming up to Christmas because of the Irish Ferries Strike and I also noticed that Amazon are saying it'll take about six weeks to supply copies, not sure why that should be but what do I know about the mysteries of publishing?

The next book - well, that's slightly up in the air at the moment. 'Belfast Confidential' is the last in the current contract with Headline and in some respects it brings the Dan Starkey story to a nice close. However, I usually feel like that after finishing a book and he'll probably return at some point. In the mean time I started writing a weekly serial for the Belfast News Letter called Belfast City Limits, which has now been running for six months. I've had great fun doing this, and in fact got quite carried away. The paper is currently at about episode 27, but I steamed ahead and have now finished the series at 130 episodes. So this will probably be my next book - and it'll be a bloody big one. But no deal is done yet so I can't say when it will appear. The paperback of Belfast Confidential comes out in May.


Even though I'm no longer directly involved in writing Murphy's Law, the series will return later this year and again in 2007. It will (again) be in a slightly different format in that it will be in two three-part series. Filming of the first series begins in April.


I'm currently writing a new children's novel called 'Emperor of the Seas' which is set on a luxury cruise liner which sails into the end of civilization as we know it.