I wrote my first book when I was about 9 years old. It was a murder mystery, it was at least 30 pages long and it took forever to write.
I've always loved books, reading them, trying for years to write them, trying for even more years to get them published. It was what I always wanted to do but due to a mixture of fate, circumstance and ability it took me a long time.
I wrote plays instead, and sketches, and stand up comedy gags, oh, and a couple of love poems that will thankfully remain out of the public domain for ever.
I have published 10 books so far
The Reconstructed Heart (1990)
The Man in the Rubber Mask (1993)
Thin He Was and Filthy Haired (1994)
Therapy and How To Avoid It (co-written with Nigel Planer) (1994)
The Man on Platform 5 (1997)
Sudden Wealth (1999)
Brother Nature (2000)
Behind the Scenes onScrapheap Challenge (2001)
Sold Out (2008)
For the last few years I have been taken up with other things, however in between proper work I have been busy tap tapping away. I can now confidently say there is another book in the pipeline. I am still waiting to confirm one or two things but I will announce it in the next few weeks. I can say it will be a science fiction novel and it will be available in all the forms a 21st century book can exist in.
One of the changes in the last few years is the multiple ways you can now publish a book. I listen to a lot of audiobooks myself and I've found this a great way to catch up on the reading I don't have time to do elsewhere. I am very keen to record my books and have this as one form they will be available as. Hence my recent experiment with the first chapter of The Man in the Rubber Mask. I have released the first chapter with the help of Audioboo and it's an experiment for both myself and the lovely folks there. I have every intention of releasing the entire book in chapter form over the next few months. I want to update the book, (it stops in 1992 at the moment) and bring it right up to date, to include what ever happens during the recording of Red Dwarf X later this year.
I have also read a couple of e-books, the technology worked far better than I expected. I used a Kindle, I don't own one yet, I borrowed one but it's on my Christmas present list for myself. So I will also be releasing everything I write in the future, and some books from the past as e-books.
And now there are so many ways to produce and distribute printed paper books, I'm really excited about some new departures in publishing, there are a few signs that book publishing is limping into the 21st century and the numbers of people reading books is constantly growing. Maybe the old models of distributing them are a bit frail at the moment, all I see are closed bookshops and this makes me sad but it's an inevitable consequence of a radically changing system.
As long as new ideas and imagination are finding a way to 'get out there' I'm not bothered what form they take.
More news very soon.