In 2011, I entered my Glasgow crime novel, Vile City in a competition. I won and thought now I've got a great chance of finally getting the thriller published.
I sent it out to agents and publishers, had some great responses but all so close and no cigar. The closest I came was a publisher who wanted to do it as an eBook only.
Now a publisher I have long since admired, who have one of my all-time favourite authors on their books, have offered me a publishing deal. They loved the book and the humour. I'm still waiting for the contract to arrive and the book that will be sub-titled Detective in a Coma won't be out until 2017, but I'm so freaking excited.
Vile City features DI Duncan Waddell who's starting to hate the city he once loved because of all the horrors he's seen. He's overweight, borderline diabetic, but it's his wit that gets him through the day.
Vile City also features the story of Shelley Craig and her battle to escape after she's drugged and kidnapped by a sex gang. Shelley's a modern girl, battling to get home and will do anything to reach her goal.
One character didn't so much as yell for my attention as grab me by the arm and bark: "GET WRITING."
He was DC Stevie Campbell and since he was attacked by a suspect with a broken bottle, he's been in a coma, but his friend DI Waddell is able to speak to him.
Is Stevie really in a coma?
Can Waddell really speak to him, or is he losing the plot?
Or, is Waddell the one in the coma?
At this point, I don't even know, but I hope it will intrigue the reader.