In 2012, I finally realised my dream after years of hard work. My debut, The Murder Wall was published in April, followed by Settled Blood in November. As the new year arrives, I'd like to acknowledge some of the people who made it happen...
First up, top man and literary agent, Oli Munson, who offered to represent me two years ago and has worked tirelessly on my behalf ever since. Had New Writing North not facilitated the introduction we might never have met, so a big thank you to them also. Then there's my dream team: my editor, the inimitable Wayne Brookes; my publicist, Philippa McEwan; my copy-editor Anne O'Brien and the entire staff at Pan Macmillan - I couldn't have done it without you.
Last year was such fun, a whirlwind of book launches, signings and festivals, not to mention parties, champagne and laughter - I just can't imagine it getting any better than that. Despite following Oli to A.M. Heath recently, Blake Friedmann will continue to act for me on the film and TV side. Another dream to be explored! My thanks to everyone at both agencies for looking after me so well. Not forgetting my friends and followers on a Twitter who allowed me to share in their own brilliant success stories.
Lastly, I'd like to high five each and every reader, especially those who took the trouble to write and tell me how much they enjoyed my books. You are the very best. Thank you for making 2012 so special.
Happy New Year to you all. Here's to 2013!