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.
Okay. I’ve picked up the last edit of Ghost in the Machine from September last year and I’m going through it all again. I think the first eight of fifty chapters have been fully edited before but I’ve now gone through the first four with a fine tooth comb. I’m surprised at how good this draft is, it’s a lot tighter and slicker than what I had before, with less cliches and quite a few of my idiosyncrasies removed. The big work is ahead of me – there is about 25-30% of the book which is new text and has to be written and the remainder requires heavy editing, if only for consistency. I’ve got about forty notes which need actioned as well, mainly plot tweaks and slight corrections from my police chum.
I had also uninstalled Evernote off of my netbook and I thought I’d lost my notes. I’m using it on the iPhone so I managed to save the old database. I’m trying to organise myself a bit better and get away from the text files I’ve got littered around the place.
But good God is it fun.
A good friend of mine, Gary Marshall, has just self-published his debut novel on eBook formats:
I know Gary from the old Glasgow music scene, when we were much younger and slimmer, and Gary’s band ran a compulsive messageboard when such things were it. Strangely enough we both went through the same pain of rejection with our novels at about the same time. Gary’s just been quicker with doing something with his… 😉
Good luck to him – I’ll get a copy soon.
Been caught up in the wonderful of work and also the glamorous kingdom of DIY, so there’s been not as much happening as I’d have liked.
Got some new Cullen ideas – “Beast in the Shadow” is one I’m struggling to plot out in detail, so I’ve got another two contenders as a full blown sequel to “Ghost in the Machine”. One is “Dyed in the Wool”, which will feature sectarianism and Scottish football heavily, and the other is “Ghost in the Well”, which is a direct sequel to “Ghost in the Machine” – I’d hoped not to go back to that sort of techy nonsense so early, so I’d like to save it for book 4 or later.
Short story seems to have been lost at the editors… 😉
I’ve put up a load of shelves and have all my graphic novels out, plus my reading list which is growing by the week. I’m stuck in Peter F Hamilton’s “The Neutronium Alchemist”, book 2 of the Night’s Dawn Trilogy, 3,600pp of hardcore scifi. It’s decent – like Stephen King in space – but such an ordeal to get through. I romped through “Pandora’s Star” and “Judas Unchained” very quickly last year but I’ve taken about 4 months to read 2000pp of the other trilogy. The Commonwealth books were excellent and I’m looking forward to reading the follow-up trilogy. But maybe after something short – three Jim Thompsons, “Brave New World” and “Ham on Rye” are glaring out at me. Maybe the two Stuart MacBrides, but I hate to read crime when I’m writing it…
The second draft of “Future Shock” is with my editor now, hopefully it’ll be ready for submission next week.
That sounds really grandiose, but my editor is my girlfriend. I say girlfriend but we’ve been together for 11 years and have no intention of marrying. Partner sounds too formal or euphemistic, whereas girlfriend sounds a bit temporary – that said I prefer girlfriend. Hrm.
So, should be ready to post next week. Phew.