Well, here we are. Heading towards Halloween and Bonfire Night! It’s been a busy old year and has been going very well.

Two of my books, Mr Todd’s Reckoning and Out Of The Madhouse (written with my eldest son Michael) , were picked up as audio books with Isis Audio. Mr Todd’s Reckoning, narrated by the brilliant Michael Simkins, came out on 1 August and we’ve been getting some rave reviews – see my twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/iainmaitland

Michael and I recorded Out Of The Madhouse over in Oxford on 1 September and that is out on 1 November. Hoping there may be more audio books; let’s see how these ones go.

I’ve been writing thrillers these past few years and veered off to write a family saga, January to August 2021. As I am known for guts and gore, I wrote that under a female pen name. I sent that out to a handful of publishers and was moving towards a couple of offers when I revealed I was a man not a woman and both conversations ground to an abrupt halt. Apparently, a man cannot write as a woman these days; gender identity issues etc.

I’m now, to Christmas, writing three Edwardian murder mystery novellas for Sharpe Books. These are all set in Suffolk and feature my detective duo of Bloomfield and Palmer. The first of these should be out this side of Christmas.

I have been invited to write three pysch thrillers in 2022 but a movie of Mr Todd’s Reckoning is now in the works so I may have one or two Todd sequels to write first. More on the movie soon; this side of Christmas, all being well.

Iain Maitland

Sunday 24 October 2021