Arena 13

Arena 13 published June 4th

Last week I was in Colchester to sign books for a special Waterstones edition of Arena 13. It contains extra material: a short story about a character from the book and an interview.  It took me about 2.5 hours to sign 1,070 books but I was taking it easy.  I once had to sign 3,000 in one day. It took me over 6 hours to do that without stopping for a break.

It was the first time I had seen Arena 13 in print and it looks good. It has been a long time coming.  I first got the idea back in 1990. I had been learning to program in a language called Forth and got the idea of android-type entities programmed to fighting in an arena alongside humans. Then I wondered what would happen if one went rogue and started to prey on a city. That was just the crude beginning and I took the idea much further and wrote four books based upon that idea. They were intended for adults and did not get published but the first of those stories got me an agent and led to the eventual publication of ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’.

So it has been great to have a break from the County and go back and develop the idea that I had had all those years ago.  I am looking forward to a new presentation in my talks. I will still be talking about Spooks but it will be good to be able to introduce some new material. As I said in a previous blog I will be on tour in June and there will be several signings at Waterstones in Lancashire. I will put these on the website as soon as they are confirmed.