David Gemmell Shortlist 2014 - An Interview with Luke Scull

This interview with Alex Davis was originally featured on the Gemmell Awards website. To view the full Award shortlists, click here.

Today we catch up with Luke Scull, author of the Morningstar-nominated THE GRIM COMPANY.

Alex: Tell us a little about your Morningstar-nominated title, THE GRIM COMPANY.

A year of babbling and celebrating

One Year of Babbling! Wow! That’s gone quick. I have in the last fifty two weeks lived in Bermuda for a big chunk of it, visited Australia, twice, New Zealand, twice, New York, twice, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland, Honk Kong, twice, St. Lucia and am preparing for South Africa and Canada in next few weeks – no wonder I’m tired! I hate to think of how many miles I have flown.  

Interview: Margie Orford on Work and Life

The award-winning journalist and writer Margie Orford is the author of the Clare Hart series of crime novels. The five books in the series have been published internationally, in nine different languages. Born in London and raised in Namibia, the Cape Town-based Orford is Executive Vice-President of South African PEN and patron of Rape Crisis.

What does “writing” mean?

Earning a living.

What book changed your life?

The rules of dating - by my teenagers

Bank Holiday again? Not that you will hear any moans from me. I always think that a Bank Holiday feels like an additional Sunday in the week, thrown in for good measure and that can be no bad thing, especially when the…. I was going to mention the large, warming yellow orb that hovers in the sky but remembered that I am not allowed to for fear of jinxing it!

Love is the answer...

Now, being married to a writer has its challenges. I speak of course on behalf of The Husband. I often wake at 3 or 4 a.m. and shout – ‘Quick! Write this down!’ as a key idea or feature often jumps into my head at this time. He never grumbles, but simply reaches for a notebook and pen (or iPad) and I dictate to him for a few minutes. I then fall straight back to sleep, but apparently he lays there for quite a while, wondering if I will jumping up again any time soon… Similarly, I wake at 5.45 every day and leap from our bed with a thought that needs to get tip tapped onto my screen.

Ben Okri Joins HoZ for First Novel in Seven Years

Head of Zeus have acquired a new novel from Booker prize winning author Ben Okri titled The Age of Magic, as well as the rights to four backlist titles which will be published for the first time in digital as well as new paperback editions. These are Astonishing the Gods, A Way of Being Free, Dangerous Love, and In Arcadia.

Maggie McKernan bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Jessica Woollard at the Marsh Agency.

Glasgowbabble

Urgh – sorry if my babble sounds a bit raspy, I have a yucky chest infection, will try not to breathe on you.

How are we all? Looking forward to this mega blast of sunshine coming our way for the weekend I hope, bbq’s and sun cream at the ready…

The Swimmer - watch the trailer

Joakim Zander's The Swimmer is the first title due for publication from our New Voices campaign, set for release in July. Published in over twenty countries, and a bestseller in its native Sweden, The Swimmer is an astounding debut from an exciting new talent, and Head of Zeus are thrilled to be releasing it in the English language for the first time.

Watch the new trailer for The Swimmer - Joakim Zander's ripping debut

Joakim Zander's The Swimmer is the first title to be published from our New Voices campaign, set for release in July. Published in over twenty countries, and a bestseller in its native Sweden, The Swimmer is an astounding debut from an exciting new talent, and we are thrilled to be releasing it in the English language for the first time.

Publication Day - The Abduction

Today we celebrate publication day for The Abduction, the second thrilling novel in Jonathan Holt's bestselling Carnivia Trilogy. Watch the trailer below, and join Kat Tapo and Holly Boland as they race to save Mia Elston before its too late. But beware - the deeper they dig, the darker the case will become, until they unearth a conspiracy powerful men will kill to protect.