Bestselling Scottish crime writer, famous for the DI Fenchurch novels, set in gritty East London, and the two interconnected police procedural series featuring Edinburgh detectives Scott Cullen and Craig Hunter.
Ed James writes crime-fiction novels. His Scott Cullen series features a young Edinburgh Detective investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. Set four hundred miles south on the gritty streets of East London, his DI Fenchurch series features a detective with little to lose. His next series takes place thousands of miles west, with FBI Special Agent Max Carter investigating child abductions in Seattle and the US Pacific Northwest.
Formerly an IT project manager, Ed began writing on planes, trains and automobiles to fill his weekly commute to London. He now writes full-time and lives in the Scottish Borders, with his girlfriend and a menagerie of rescued animals.
The Black Isle
Ed’s next novel is the third DC Craig Hunter book, “THE BLACK ISLE”, where a troubled cop searches for his presumed-dead brother in the far north of Scotland.
Out now, it’s available in ebook and paperback now.
In 2020, Bookouture will publish three of Ed’s thrillers set in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, starring FBI Special Agent Max Carter. Book 1 (Title TBA) will be published on 21st January 2020.
Four series. Two standalones. All bestsellers.
So in this brave new world of Cullen novellas, I am on fire.
I redrafted Devil in the Detail last week – even better than I remembered. Got another draft to do – it’s cut as a sequel to Ghost in the Machone and a lot of the detail doesn’t work as backstory. Should be publishing in the next week or so.
There’s three other ideas I’m toying with.
I’ve managed to get the plot of Ghost to work so a redux version will be novella 2. Miles better, it really is. There’s a lot that can be reused but i’ve got to be able to not repeat mistakes and to fit into the new way of writing.
The other nailed on one is a flip of the second book i wrote “before the fall” told from the detective’s point of view. It’s called “spanner in the works”.
The final idea is “dyed in the wool” which is about sectarianism. But it’s proving tricky to nail..,
Just kind of realised that I’m getting nowhere with “Ghost in the Machine”. I like the idea, don’t get me wrong, it’s just how I’ve executed it.
It’s a 90k monster, and I’m not sure the story justifies such grandiosity. It’s a novella idea padded to a novel length.
The interesting realisation is that I’m writing for publishers or agents. I’m now writing for myself. “Devil in the Detail”, the novella sequel to “Ghost”, is much better – tighter, leaner and with a better story. It’s only 23k but it’s perfect.
So what I’m going to do is to junk “Ghost” for now, and concentrate on getting “Devil” on Kindle. It’s a much more mature work and it only requires some minor continuity tweaking to make it the first story. And I’ve got a great idea for another novella.
If I can keep this up – publishing 20k-50k novellas – then it’s both manageable and feasible. It’s also a market that doesn’t really exist.
Someone like Jim Thompson used to only publish short novels, 170pp or so. Nowadays there’s intimidating doorstops which are impossible to get into. There needs to be a market for accessible, immediate stories.
Hope to get it on Kindle in a couple of weeks.
So I’m struggling to find time to write just now. Astonishing that it’s two months since last update…
Up to just shy of 60pc BUT I’ve managed get through a bad mistake (which let me sort out some plot detail) and I’ve just finished a really difficult redraft chapter – at least two hours worth of fixing. Aim to get the thing done by mid-October…
Quick update. I’m lying in a hotel in london, away on work. Bit of a pisser being away from home and the other half, relying on going out for a meal on your own. Still, the up side is that ive got plenty of time for writing. Got a four hour train journey on thurs, back again on Sunday then return on Weds.
Managed to break the 40% mark in the latest draft which is pretty good going. While I’m editing mainly, I’ve had a lot of new stuff to write so far and I’ve found it actually a pain editing old stuff. I’ve got a big chunk of new stuff coming up, really good stuff so hopefully that 12 hour train hell will see me through a lot of it. Thank god for my netbook.