Win Win Win!!

Over the past few days, I’ve been popping up on various blogs to share some thoughts about The Darkest Heart and Red Winter. There are still a few more days left to go, but I thought I’d make a note of the links here, just in case you’ve missed any of them. Oh, and yesterday’s post was an opportunity to win a copy of The Darkest Heart . . . don’t miss out!


Crime Thriller Girl – Win The Darkest Heart

Crime Fiction Lover – The dark heart of Brazil

Crime Book Club – Extract from The Darkest Heart

Trip Fiction – Travel and Story

Raven Crime Reads – The inspiration behind Red Winter

The Murder Room – Extract from Red Winter

Shots Blog – The beliefs and superstitions in The Darkest Heart and Red Winter




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The Big Blog Tour!!

Blog TourThis month has already seen the UK publication of MY BROTHER’S SECRET and the US paperback publication of THE CHILD THIEF. But it’s not over yet . . . The next couple of months will be an exciting time as a few more Dan Smith novels emerge into daylight.

THE DARKEST HEART (UK hardback) 3rd July, RED WINTER (UK paperback)  3rd July, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY (US Hardback) 26th Aug, and LE VILLAGE (French edition of The Child Thief) 21st Aug.

But let’s not jump the gun. It’s now just three days until The Darkest Heart and Red Winter come out to play, so the fantastic Graeme Williams, Senior Marketing Exec at Orion towers, has organised a blog tour. For the next ten days, I’ll be popping up around the internet appearing on various booky blogs to talk about the two novels and the inspiration behind them. There’ll be extracts, a chance to win a copy of the books, and there’ll be music, tea, biscuits, murder, and monsters.

Today I’m talking about murder for $40 over at CRIME FICTION LOVER. Why not come and join me?




Blog Tour

No pressure, then

It’s that time again. The moment when I’m faced with the blank screen and have to fill it with words. I’ve written twelve novels in my lifetime. Six of them have been published. A seventh will be published in July (The Darkest Heart), with number eight at the beginning of 2015 (Big Game) and number nine later that year (I’m not telling you the title of that one yet!).

Despite all that practise, it never gets any easier. Writing something new is still a daunting prospect and I still wake up every morning wondering if it’s all going to come together. It’s that blank screen. The cursor just sits there and blinks as if it’s daring me. ‘C’mon,’ it says. ‘Impress me.’

So I’m trying to impress it, and I’m trying to impress myself. I’m also trying to impress my first reader, my agent, my editor and, ultimately, my readers. No pressure, then.

The great news is, I have an idea and I think it’s a good one. I even have a few thousand words down on paper. The story has life and it wants to go somewhere. I think I know where it’s going, but have no idea if I’m right. Maybe my characters will decide they don’t like what I have in store for them, and will take a new path.

I suppose I’ll find out soon enough.

What else? Well, I’ve been reading, reading reading! A huge box of books arrived a few weeks ago and I’ve been working through them in my role as shortlisting judge for The Scottish Children’s Book Awards. I feel very honoured to have been invited to sit on the panel, and have enjoyed reading so many fantastic novels. It’s going to be a tough decision!

Oh, and here’s a big shout out to all the brilliant boys and girls I met at Duke’s School in Alnwick a few weeks ago! I had a great morning talking about books with year 5, and hopefully inspired a few young readers/writers. Here are a few photos of the hard work they’ve been doing since my visit!


Duke's Visit


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