Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Crime Time event at the Vancouver International Writers Festival was fantastic. I sat onstage with four great crime writers: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Stuart MacBride and Denise Mina. Ian, Stuart and Denise are all from Scotland and since my family is partly comes from the Shetland Islands, I wondered out loud in the green room before the event, if I could be considered Scottish. Nope, said the three Scots firmly. "Just a bunch of marauding Vikings," said world-wide bestseller, Ian Rankin.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Also, there was another great review, this time a recommended read in the San Diego Union-Tribune. California really likes me.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Also, at the end of the week, I'll be heading out for a week long book tour, first hitting Los Angeles for the LA Times Book Fair and then through major centres in Western Canada. I'll post details in a couple of days in case you wanna be like a Deadhead and follow me around.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
And today was fun. I spent the morning trying to set a photo shoot with a local alt-weekly, See. We finally got it worked out and we all headed downtown to meet. The plan was for me and another local mystery writer, Gayleen Froese to be part of the shoot. We both have mystery novels out recently. Once we met up (I was late because of the wonderful Edmonton transit system, that is loaded with sarcasm), we found a nice dirty spot in a back alley. It was supposed to be a crime scene, so Gayleen, being a trooper, laid on the dirty cement, allowed the photog to draw a chalk line around here, and then stayed there on the ground (did I say it was dirty. Come on this is Edmonton in the spring, it's pretty disgusting) to be the corpse. While they were setting up, I looked in one of the dumpsters and saw a pair of jeans and a "wife-beater" shirt. Figured they would be perfect for the shot, I dumpster-dived and fished them out. The photog put them next to Gayleen. Then I went down on one knee, grabbed a magnifying glass, and picked up a piece of garbage with a pair of tweezers, and tried to look like a hardened detective. It was fun, but man it was kind of cold. Gayleen must have been freezing because she stayed on the hard concrete for about 15 minutes. Hope the photo turns out and when I get a copy, I'll post it here.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Don't know how the book is doing in the US, seems to be doing recently in Kindle and Amazon standings but it's only been the first week of release. Got a Western Canadian tour coming up with some media planned there so that should help Canadian sales.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Because of sketchy internet at my hotel, I wasn't able to update regularly from Left Coast Crime. But I had a great time, met some new friends, writers and fans alike, and let everyone know there's a new writer in town! I had a panel called Many Faces of Violence and I didn't hold back. Neither did the other writers, David Corbett, Charlie Newton, Mark Coggins, J.T. Ellison and Martin Cruz Smith. And based on many comments afterwards, to me and to the others, it was considered one of the best panels of the Con. I know I made some new fans and sold some books. I've included a photo of the panelist, save for Martin Cruz Smith who was signing books.
Tomorrow, I'm off to Phoenix for an event at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. If you live in the area, come on down.
Also, it's the official release date for Fall From Grace. It's also my agent's birthday so it's gonna to be a good day.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
"It's thrilling, for a reader, to discover a new amateur detective
devoid of stock cliches, unique and refreshingly human. To the august
company of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce and Alexander McCall Smith's
Precious Ramotswe we can now add Edmonton writer Wayne Arthurson's Leo
"It looks like Arthurson has future Desroches novels planned.
They've just been added to my 'must read' list."
Just over a week before the book is released and I'm getting pretty excited.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Leo Desroches is a reporterfor a Canadian newspaper. He’s also a gambling addict, a thief, and a one-time derelict trying to reform.Nothing raffish about him. One senses that Desroches, like the prose used to create him, exudes wicked energy kept under stern control. He interviews the police about a murdered prostitute and then begins his own inquiries, which are recounted in a series of highly charged, stunningly written set pieces, all the more effective for their understated, almost droning, manner. There’ll be no more spoilers here. Just think of Spillane’s Mike Hammer describing himself: “I was the evil that opposed other evil.” This is a genrebender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected.
May 1st —LA Times Festival of Books
May 2nd—Ardea Books,
May 3rd—McNally Robison,
May 4th—McNally Robinson,
If you live in one of those cities, come on down.
Also, I'm heading out in a couple weeks for a US tour. I'll first be at the Left Coast Crime Convention in Santa Fe New Mexico from March 24-28. And then I'll be in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in March 29 (the actual release date of my bigtimenovel), and then I'll be in Houston, Texas at Murder By the Book on March 30. Since the book is coming out real soon, I'll be updating my blog on a more regular basis from now on. My agent says I got to keep my fans happy. They'll want to know things about me and stuff like that.
So I'll fill you in a bit. If you read this, you'll see that I'm not that open talking about myself on this blog. It's nothing really personal, I just don't like to share too much information about myself with many strangers. I know many writers like to writer about themselves on their blogs but I'm not that kind of guy. You might get a photo of me here and there but you won't get any really personal stuff about me and my family. Like I said, it's nothing personal, just the way I am. And I'll be honest; I'm not a big fan of blogs, I don't read many and there a lot of things I have to do like write and work instead of blogging. If you want to get more up to date info about, go to Facebook, offer to be my friend (tell me who you are first and why we should be friends) and chances are, I'll be your FB friend.
Anyway, I've got to go, maybe I'll read before bed. I got a new book from the library called Once A Spy by Keith Thomson. It's pretty solid, reminds me a bit of the movie Red but the retired spy has Alzhiemer's. Good night.