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Crime Thriller Fella Bids You Goodbye…

I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.

The bad news is that Crime Thriller Fella is finally shutting up shop. It’s been a hell of a ride, I think you’ll agree. We’ve had some fun, we’ve made some poor jokes — but importantly we’ve discovered and learned a hell of a lot about crime fiction, and it’s —

Wait — where are you going? I’ve not given you the good news yet! Stick around for another minute, or so, jeez.

The good news is, I’ve got a brand new website called markhillauthor.com

There’ll still be interviews and book news, but it’ll include news about MY book, the Two O’Clock Boy, which is coming out in ebook next week and in paperback on April 6, 2017. There’ll be a blog — everything you can find here will be there, the whole lot has been moved over, lock stock  — and information about my coppers Drake and Crowley. Events, images, videos, offers, and an opportunity to sign up to my mailing list.

So, basically, it’s going to just like this place, only better.

So click on the link, online chums. That’s it, do it now. Now. Do it now. And come and say hello to markhillauthor.com

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The Two O’Clock Boy is coming…

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this week, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that change is inevitable.

Thing is, Crime Thriller Fella has got a few more things up his sleeve, but between you and me the long-term prognosis is, frankly, not very encouraging. He’s reviewed a few books, he’s done a few intel interviews, spoke about himself in the third person in a highly-affected way and filled his site with as much filler as is decent.

Yonks ago he mentioned he had a book deal, and then it all went silent — because there was work to do. But there’s a cover now, and it’s a cracker. You can see it in the wonderful gif below. The Two O’Clock Boy, the first of a series featuring North London coppers DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley, is coming on November 17, 2016, published by Sphere Books.

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At some point, Crime Thriller Fella will cease to be. He will an ex-blogger. There will be a website markhillauthor.com – you can find a better shot of the cover and a synopsis of the book there already, should you want to do the business with the mouse – and you’ll find all the content here over there, and more. There’ll be a bit of a blogging aspect on occasion, yes, but you’ll also find news and events and covers and stuff about Drake and Crowley. You know, it’ll be a proper author site, sort of thing.

So I’m giving you fair warning. Crime Thriller Fella is not long for this world.

But, don’t worry, you’re in safe hands, you’ll have me instead.

My name is Mark Hill, and I’m an author. Pleased to meet you.

Crime Thriller Fella In ‘Very Inspiring’ Bombshell!

Us crime fiction bloggers can all learn a bunch of stuff from the estimable Raven. Just like the malevolent bird she’s named after, her reviews at Raven Crime Reads really suck the succulent meat out of the eyeball of a novel to get to the brains inside. But, er, in a good way.

So you can imagine the little tingly feeling I got when I discovered she’d nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Not just Inspiring, but Very inspiring. I cracked open the pinot noir immediately and toasted myself. That was a good morning, I can tell you.

Anyway, so far so good. Then I see there are rules…

Thank and link to the person who nominated you.

Thank you, Raven. You are awesome, and also one hell of a writer.

List the rules and display the award.

Voila.

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Share seven facts about yourself.

Oh my days.

In all of my twenty thirty forty-something years I’ve accumulated plenty of facts about myself, possibly even reaching into double figures. So I thought I’d keep them vaguely relevant to this blog – and readin’ and writin’ in general. After all, that’s why we’re all here, right?

1/ I’ve just completed my first novel. You may care to take a wild stab at guessing the genre.

2/ These days, my compulsion to write is as strong, if not stronger, than my compulsion to read. As a result, I read books in a very different way than I used to. This blog is perhaps one consequence of that.

3/ I really enjoy doing The Intel interviews. I love finding out how writers do their thing, all the different ways they get words down. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that one size doesn’t fit all – there are a million ways to write a novel. And your way is just as valid as everyone else’s.

4/ I once appeared as a character in a published novel. I didn’t last long, I was eaten by a giant mutant pig.

5/ You’ll also find me mentioned in two autobiographies. In one of those you’ll find me in the index just above Adolf Hitler.

6/ I’ve written a film script. It’s been in development for several hundred years now. I’m not holding my breath.

7/ When I’m not reading novels I read scripts for pennies, and have learned something about storytelling and narrative from every book and script I’ve read. It’s just incredible how many talented writers there are out there.

Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

Look, I’m not going to do that, because I simply can’t choose, but if you’re in my sidebar and you read this, please know that you are an inspiration to me, and I command you to hit Control-C on that logo thing.

Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Thanks again to Raven, and to Lou Reed, who has chatted to her but who gave me a withering look.