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Apr262014

A Very Happy Anniversary.

Wow! If anyone had taken a punt on how far I'd go in the two years following publication and come up with the list below, I'd have looked around for the men in white coats. Yes, today is only the second anniversary of my debut THE MURDER WALL hitting the book shelves and it has far outweighed my expectations.

Two years. Four books in print. A further contract with UK publisher Pan Macmillan. The Polari Prize 2013. An ebook deal with Harper Collins/Witness Impulse in the US which morphed into a physical deal and the publication of three books in three consecutive months late last year. Appearances at Crimefest, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and Iceland Noir to look forward to, among others . . .

I'd like to acknowledge all who have helped along the way: publishing staff who have worked tirelessly on my behalf on both sides of the Atlantic, my fabulous agent Oli Munson at A.M. Heath and Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency before that, every festival and library who have invited me to spread the word about Kate Daniels. None of this would have happened without the hardworking booksellers and librarians who have recommended the series to the public. I must also mention every single person who has taken the trouble to write to me, tweeted with/for me or reviewed my books and, most importantly, the readers. You are all amazing. Thank you.

Reader Comments (5)

Happy anniversary, Mari!

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Paterson

Yay!

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTripFiction

Thank you for leaving a comment!

April 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterMari Hannah

Hi, Mari,
A few weeks ago, my wife and I were at our local library browsing, when she came up to me and said "I think you might like to read these". The books were your two novels "The Murder Wall" and "Settled Blood". I absolutely loved reading them, because I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and spent the first twenty five years there. Other writers such as Ann Cleeves make their location known because their characters always talk in the Geordie vernacular, whereas you describe in detail where your detectives (and the public at large) are travelling and I get a wonderful feeling that I am riding along with them. I have since read "Deadly Deceit" and find that as I go on, I become more attuned and sympathetic to the personal relationships 0f your heroine detective. To be able to get these reactions from your readers obviously reflects a seriously fine talent, and I hope I get the opportunity to read the rest of your output as it appears.
Best wishes.
Jim Wright, Rye Victoria, Australia.

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim Wright

Jim, thanks for the comments above. I have replied to you several times and the email has bounced back undelivered. Can you verify your address for me please?
Mari

February 28, 2015 | Registered CommenterMari Hannah

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