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As of today, Friday 28 October, writing things are going brilliantly well. I have been helping to see my latest pysch thriller, The Perfect Husband, through the system with Inkubator Books; that came out on 19 October. My previous thriller with them – The Girl Downstairs – got mixed reviews, two five out of fives and then a one out of five and so on. I got a bit too clever dicky – so this new one is fast-moving, straightforward and you don’t need a MA in psychology to enjoy it. I’m also writing the next psych thriller, Call Me Mother (working title), which is about a stalker. More on that soon.

I have not done any talks for ages – I’d love to do some. I usually do various talks over the year – book launches and festivals etc – as well as mental health talks, including some conferences for Stem4, the mental health charity. Very proud to be an ambassador for Stem4. I have missed these and hope to do more in the coming months …

‘Breathtakingly magnificent … His deadpan delivery of a dry wit that will leave you with tears streaming down your face but at the same time his own life experiences shine through his narrative making it totally unique, relevant and thought provoking!’ Chapter In My Life

‘Marx Brothers on speed.’ Douglas Skelton, Author.

‘So much fun, and a bit bonkers.’  Bloody Scotland Attendee.

‘Iain Maitland … An hilarious and, frankly, show stealing turn in a panel at last year’s Bloody Scotland book festival.’ Suze Reviews

‘Brilliant and heartfelt talk.’ Ipswich Samaritans AGM Attendee.

‘A brilliant speaker … Iain is open and frank and his moving account endears him to his audience straightaway.’ Stem4.

TV! Ah, now. I was expecting a six-part TV series of Mr Todd’s Reckoning starring Paul Ritter. Paul passed away. After a while, we took it to a film company and thought we had a deal but … people, eh? We then got a thumbs-up from a very well-known actor and we thought that would, ah, rev things up. But it went round and round a bit. Then had a London meet with someone important in the industry but that kind of fizzled out. It’s currently being read by another very well known actor and … watch this space!

I am most excited about a proper old literary novel what I’ve written – The Walker, about a man who has a breakdown and decides to go on a walk to Hunstanton with his dog, Bernard. He has various adventures along the way and his life changes forever, for the better. And then … well, more to come. I am so thrilled that they recognise I can write about more than just guts and gore and 23 feet of entrails on the garage floor. I can write funny and sad stuff and about loss and family and love; The Walker is all about love … and dog poo too.

Last Update: Friday 28 October 2022

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