So that was 2015 … writing stuff

December 31st, 2015 • Posted in Random Stuff |

It’s been a good year! Books of mine published this year include The Silence, The Hunt, Predator: Incursion and the novella collection Borrowed Time.

The Silence had some fantastic feedback and is appearing on quite a few best-of-the-year lists, and it’s also currently edging towards being adapted for screen. No firm news yet, but I’ll be the first to shout if and when something happens.

The Hunt was a big book for me — my first non-fantastical novel, a straight thriller influenced directly by my love of endurance sports. It was great seeing my book for sale all over the place, including supermarkets and bookstores everywhere. It was also a real thrill working with Avon and their wonderful PR company Light Brigade, and attending the HarperCollins Summer Party was a real thrill. We might have been drunk.

The book has been really well reviewed and received, and it has been strange bumping into people I’ve known for years, sometimes decades, and them telling me they read my new book. In many cases it was the first of mine they’ve read, and it seems that I’m now a ‘real writer’ in many peoples’ eyes because I’ve been in Tesco’s.  Hey ho.

Predator: Incursion is the first in a big Alien/Predator trilogy called The Rage War. This has been fun to write, and the third book will be finished in the next couple of months. People seem to like the series. There are a lot of dedicated fans of these franchises (just as dedicated as the Star Wars fanbase I encountered when I wrote a Star Wars novel!), and it’s nice to have good feedback from these fans.

The undoubted highlight of the year was the release of Pay the Ghost, and the private screening I organised in Newport. Based on my short story of the same name, the movie stars Nicolas Cage and was released in time for Halloween. The screening was an amazing experience – attended by family, and writing/triathlon/ex-work/old, old friends, it was a surreal moment standing in front of them all and trying to say something coherent. And seeing that credit on the big screen – Based on the novella by Tim Lebbon – was a real thrill. Especially as they spelled my name right.

So that was 2015. 2016 is looking to be a really busy year too, with my new thriller due for release in July (tentatively titled The Family Man), as well as the second and third in the Rage War Trilogy. A few other projects are ticking over too, including a huge new collaboration with the excellent Christoipher Golden, a few new short stories, and some very exciting TV and movie stuff which I can’t talk about in detail just yet. Watch this space.

A huge thanks to everyone who continues to read and enjoy my books. I’ve been doing this full-time for over 9 years now, and it really is the best job. You keep buying them, I’ll keep writing them.

Also a massive thanks to Tim Love, a good mate who works hard to maintain this website throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

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So that was 2015 …(triathlon stuff)

December 23rd, 2015 • Posted in Random Stuff |

So 2015 is almost done. And what a year it was. I always write a brief sum-up of the year just gone around this time, and I split it into work related, and sports related. This is the sporty one, so it’ll be all about  my running, biking and swimming, and doing other sporty stuff I love.  If you know me, you’ll know what I’m on about.  If you don’t, then maybe read on anyway!

On the first day of 2015 I knew I faced my second ironman race, the mighty Outlaw.  That was in July, so I had a good few months to train and enjoy some practice races.  It turned out to be a really good year.  I didn’t race quite so much, but the events I did were fantastic, and I was quite pleased with how I did in all of them. Of course, having a shiny new bike made it all the more enjoyable. And a red bike, too!  It’s scientifically proven that they’re fastest…

In April I rode the Herio Sportive, an 80 mile bike ride around Monmouthshire. The route was lovely, and very tough, incorporating a bit of city riding (not so nice), then a hilly central portion, and finishing with a few miles on the flat. Great fun, and perfect training for an ironman.

In May I raced the first of two half-ironman races of the year (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), the Immortal. I finished in just over 6 hours, which I was quite pleased with considering the course was ‘gently undulating’, both on the bike and run. No terrible hills, but it was a tough day at the office.

June saw my second half-ironman, the Cotswolds 113, and I smashed it, finishing in 5:12.  Really chuffed with that, as it was a great practice race for the Outlaw, which is also a very flat course. I learned a bit about my nutrition (eat more on the bike), and I honestly think if the bike route hadn’t been so busy and congested in places, I could have broken 5 hours. One for next year, maybe!

July was the big one, the Outlaw … 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon. My race report is here, so click through and read all about it. Suffice to say I was really chuffed with my time of 12:23. But I also reckon I could go under 12 hours on this course, so perhaps that’s 2017′s race…

Because next September it’s the legendary Ironman Wales for me.  So 2016 is all focussed on that one big day in nine months time. I’ve got to start loving the hills again!

I also raced the Llangorse Triathlon this year, a beautiful but very, very tough course, made even tougher by having to hang around for 3 hours at the start for the mist to clear!  And I ran the Bath Hilly Half marathon too, a lovely muddy off-road race that I’ve done before.

This year has been a good training year. I’ve run 600 miles, biked 2235, and swum 86 miles. I’ll have to up that next year to get ready for the waves and hills of Wales, and I already have some races booked in, including Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon, the Bath Half-marathon, May the 4th Be With You off-road marathon, Titan Half Ironman, and Velothon Wales.  There’ll be a couple more races sneaked on there too, perhaps including the Cotswolds 113 to see if I can break that 5 hour mark!

Here’s hoping you have a great Christmas and New Year.

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So that was 2014

December 22nd, 2014 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Here we are again, edging towards the end of another year beneath a wave of mince pies, sprouts, and Secret Santa presents that are probably slippers.  I’m that age, after all.  Every year my wife and I say, ‘Next year we’ll buy each other a few presents to open’, but something always means that we don’t bother.  This year it was having to have a new boiler fitted, 4 new tyres for the car, and then a speeding ticket to top it all off.  Happy Christmas.

So  … this was 2014 on the work scene for me.  And the biggie was that I had a movie made!  Nicolas Cage, no less, starred in PAY THE GHOST, directed by Uli Edel, and also starring Saray Wayne Callies.  Filming has finished, but as yet I have no info regarding a release.  But as it’s a Hallowe’en movie I’m guessing … well, you join the dots.  I’m incredibly excited about this, and will be relaying any more information I receive as and when it comes in.

2014 saw the release of my novels Alien: Out of the Shadows and Coldbrook (in the USA), as well as the novella Shifting of Veils.  But my main activity as a writer this year was … waiting.  Any writer reading this will know what I’m on about, but more than any other year, 2014 held its long periods of waiting for news on deals (both book and screen), frustrations, low periods, and finally some good news.  It’s the waiting that really hits me hard.

But now I can look forward to 2015 with new deals signed (or about to be signed), and some exciting new projects to announce.  VERY exciting news is that my first thriller will be out in 2015, and although I’m itching to reveal more (and if you do some detective work on Amazon, you’ll find out for yourself), the official announcement is coming soon from the publisher.

I’m also writing a new trilogy for Titan called The Rage War, featuring some movie monsters you might be familiar with (Predator and Alien).  And I’ll also be writing some other original novels for Titan which will also be announced properly soon.

The Silence will be released in 2015.  I’ve been thrilled by initial feedback on this novel, and I can’t wait to see it out there.  I’m also hopeful that there will be good news about screen projects, including the spooky animated kids’ movie My Haunted House, and Playtime (co-written with Stephen Volk).

So, writing-wise 2014 has been mixed, but 2015 looks to be very busy.  As for that other thing I do…

2014 should have been Ironman Wales year, but I pulled out several months before the race because of my dodgy knee.  A big part of me wishes I’d carried on and tried it.  But another part of me knows that I might have regretted it.  As it is, my knee’s feeling OK right now, and withdrawing from IMWales didn’t mean I didn’t have fun!   Races completed in 2014 included the Goshawk Challenge mountain bike race, Tour of Pembrokeshire sportive, Abergavenny Sportive, Outlaw Half Ironman, Gower Triathlon, Stroud Duathlon, Blaenafon Triathlon, Long Course Weekend (minus the run), and the Costwolds Standard Distance.  Not bad!

So what of 2015?  Well, I’ve already signed up for some exciting events.  The Tour of Pembrokeshire last year was apocalyptic, a 79 mile bike ride in 45mph winds and rain, horrific hills, a truly torturous route that left me shaking and traumatised, so naturally this year I’m doing the 100 mile route.  Also signed up are the Cotswolds 113 (half ironman), the Immortal Half, and …. THE OUTLAW.  That’ll be my iron distance race next year, 2 days before my 46th birthday.  And on my new bike, which I luckily bought 2 weeks before our boiler broke.

Here’s hoping you all have a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.  If you’re reading this, that probably means you read my books, and for that I thank you.  You keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them.  There are some exciting projects in the future, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Cheers,

Tim

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November update

November 8th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Movie News, Random Stuff |

It’s been a while!  And that’s because although I have new book deals to announce, I still can’t quite announce them yet.  As soon as the ink’s dry I’ll reveal what they are, but I’m very excited … an exciting deal for two thrillers, a major new tie-in project, and a trilogy that’s something a little different for me.  Lots of good stuff happening over the next few years, so I’ll talk more about that soon.

Good news is that PAY THE GHOST finished shooting in Toronto, and a teaser poster has just been released (see below). The movie of my short story stars Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies, and is directed by Uli Edel. More soon!

I also have a short story in the huge (700 pages!) new anthology, Dead Harvest.  You can order from the Cemetery Dance website.

My spooky animated kids’ film MY HAUNTED HOUSE is in development, and there’ll hopefully be more on that soon.  You can download a special MY HAUNTED HOUSE app.  Fun for kids and adults.  I’ll pass on more info as this movie progresses, but it’s going to be lots of fun.

In other movie news, EXORCISING ANGELS, written with Simon Clark, continues to be developed as a movie, and the script I wrote with the splendid Stephen Volk, PLAYTIME, is also in development.

I’m working on plenty of other projects, including a couple of TV series pitches.  And as the end of November–the 8th anniversary of me going full-time as a writer–draws near, I’ve never been busier.

Oh, and next year I’ll be doing another ironman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pay the Ghost

September 24th, 2014 • Posted in Movie News, Random Stuff |

Pay the Ghost, the movie based on my short story of the same name, is filming now in Toronto.  It stars Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres and others, and is directed by Uli Edel.  Here are just a few photos from set that I’ve found on random net searches.  I’m not directly involved, so I’m not getting to hear about what’s going on directly from producers or director.

As well as extremely exciting––what writer doesn’t want a movie made from one of their stories?––it also feels quite strange knowing that this is happening several thousand miles away.  I wrote the original story 15 years ago for a Cemetery Dance anthology, October Dreams, and it probably took me 3 or 4 days to write.  And now, because of that idea I had so long ago, scores of people are building sets, operating equipment, acting, directing, and crewing a big movie shoot starring NICOLAS CAGE!  I’d never have believed it.  And I still pinch myself.

As and when I know more about the movie, or find more shots of the set, I’ll post them here and on my Facebook page.  And as soon as I get information on release dates, etc, you’ll be the first to know.

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Vale of Blood Roses – free!

April 29th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Random Stuff |

For a limited time (until 1st May) you can download my Noreela novella VALE OF BLOOD ROSES free on Kindle!  What are you waiting for?

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The Reach of Children, and other updates

March 19th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Random Stuff, Reviews & Interviews |

My novella THE REACH OF CHILDREN is now available on Kindle. It comes with my short story ‘Discovering Ghosts’, and together they’re two of the most challenging stories I’ve ever written, terribly hard to write, and I haven’t re-read either of them since. Influenced by my mother’s death, I also think they’re two of the best.  Both were nominated for the British Fantasy Award, and THE REACH OF CHILDREN won.  I hope you’ll give it a go!

Here’s great review for WHITE (which incidentally is available as a free download for a very short time from Amazon).

And don’t forget I’ll be launching the UK edition of my Star Wars novel at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, tomorrow 20th March from 6-7pm.  Be great if you could come along.

I’m currently in a familiar position … waiting for some exciting news.  More soon!

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Short Stories, Goshawks, and Belladonna

March 10th, 2014 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Over the past three or four months I’ve written and sold four short stories, and I have at least four more to write before the end of the summer.  It’s been a while, but I’m really enjoying writing so many shorts. I went a few years writing only one or two per year — usually simply because of novel deadlines — and it’s a real treat.  It also means that I’ll be looking to compile a new collection maybe early 2016!  That’s what I call planning ahead …

Talking of shorts, the second ebook is out now from Dreaming in Fire.  It’s called In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows, and you can see details and Kindle links here.

In other news, I completed my first mountain bike events yesterday, a 25k race around Wentwood called the Goshawk Challenge.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, although some of the downhills I found pretty terrifying.  I was surprised to see quite a lot of those fit mountain bikers pushing their bikes uphill … and they were probably equally surprised to see me pushing downhill, instead of just plunging down.  Really good fun.  Aching now, but I’m keen to do more.

Lastly, I’m hoping for some novel news soon.  Watch this space.

 

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What Happened Was … Looking back over 2013 (Wookies, Ironman, and Iron Maiden).

December 30th, 2013 • Posted in Random Stuff |

2013.  It rained a lot, didn’t it?  But other stuff also happened, not always so wet and unpredictable, sometimes bookish, sometimes triathlon-ish.  Generally it was a good year, although with too many sad moments and friends lost.

Here’s what happened in my world.

I had four books published this year:

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi––Into the Void hit the shelves in May, climbing onto the New York Times bestseller chart and being generally well-received.  Praise wasn’t universal, but then I wasn’t really expecting that.  And I used ‘cuss-words’ … which people in that long-time-ago galaxy, it seems, weren’t supposed to do.  I had so much fun writing this book and seeing it out there, and I’m really hoping I get to make the jump to light speed in the Star Wars universe again.

Toxic City: Reaper’s Legacy and Contagion were both published, rounding off the trilogy set in a devastated London.  These books have been received well and sold OK, and I’d love to write more YA novels.  The TV series with ABC didn’t quite happen — it was exciting for a time — but that doesn’t mean to say it won’t happen elsewhere.

Still Life, my novella with Spectral Publications, was launched at the excellent, manic, exhausting World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in November.  Yes, true, it’s based on the Iron Maiden song of the same name, and I think it’s one of the best novellas I’ve written.  I love writing novellas … and there’ll be at least one more surfacing in 2014.

I also wrote a brand new thriller on spec, Endure, and I’m hoping for some news on that in the New Year.  Watch this space!  Not only is it one of the first things I’ve ever written without any fantastical elements, I also think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever written.

Looking ahead book-wise … I’m writing The Silence for Titan, the Star Wars book will hit the shelves in paperback, and my Alien novel Out of the Shadows is released early 2014.  I’m also delighted that Coldbrook will get its US release through splendid publishers Titan. My own digital publishing enterprise Dreaming in Fire Press will launch in 2014 with six of my novellas, with more novellas, novels and collections to come.  I’ll be writing the final draft of my screenplay My Haunted House, a spooky animated kids’ movie.  The script Playtime (written with Stephen Volk) is under option, and I’m also hoping for forward movement on a couple more movie projects.  I’m writing a graphic novel with my Canadian bro Brett Savory.  And I’ll also be working on another new novel.  Exciting times!

Now then, non-writing stuff, and the highlight of the year had to be racing my first Ironman!  If 2011 was my Three Peaks year and 2012 was my marathon year (I ran two, actually), then 2013 was definitely the year of Ironman.  It dominated the first 8 months of the year, both mentally and physically, and the big day itself was definitely one of the most amazing days of my life.  I’ve written about it at length elsewhere … if you’re interested, check this out.

I also did several other great races, and 2014 is shaping up to be an even more challenging year.  My main race will be Ironman Wales, one step up from Ironman UK in difficulty (it’s in Wales, even the swim is uphill!).  I’ll also be racing the Windsor Triathlon, Outlaw Half, and Long Course Weekend, as well as several 100+ mile sportives and a 50k mountain bike race.  And they’re just the ones I’ve signed up for!

2013 also had too many sad moments, and the writing community lost some of its finest voices, some of them good friends.  I’ll miss them all.

A day away from 2014, I’m eager as ever to get there, and as determined as ever to make it bigger and better than ever.  My kids continue to make me proud, my wife continues to put up with me, and I’m lucky to have the friends I have.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for taking the time, and thank you to everyone who continues to read and appreciate my work.  I’ve now been writing for a living for over 7 years, and without the continued support of readers that just wouldn’t be possible.  I’ll keep writing them if you keep buying them!  There’s plenty more to come.

I’d like to wish you all a happy, peaceful, and rewarding new year.

Cheers,

Tim

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Podcast and appearance news

September 30th, 2013 • Posted in Random Stuff |

There is a new podcast about the forthcoming Alien novel here.

On the 18th and 19th October Tim (and a cast of thousands) will be appearing at the Space, Time, Machine and Monster conference at the Riverfront in Newport.  Details of which can be found here.

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