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.
Redrafted “Future Shock” to v2. Pretty pleased with it, got a new section to write which may spawn more. I’m at 9.5k so I don’t want to write too much extra. Probably too many talking scenes (a real problem of mine, that).
“Ghost in the Machine” is something I’ve worked on for the past two years, on and off. It’s a crime thriller – think Rebus but thirty years younger; a rookie cop yet to make his mistakes, dealing with modern cases. I’m a diehard fan of the likes of Mark Billingham, Stuart McBride and of course Ian Rankin, and find the process of creating and writing something in that genre as stimulating as reading at – maybe more so.
I’ve written three drafts, the third of which was submitted to literary agents. I had some interest from a couple, but it ultimately came to nothing. I was halfway through the fourth draft, which was significantly different, in August last year, before giving myself a break having been seriously frazzled by the agent submission process (full manuscript sent in November not notified till Feb) and also the day job took off (promotion and a new project).
So, where does that leave me? Well, I was speaking to a mate who went through the same process I did at the same time and he’s going to self-publish through the various eBook platforms out there (Kindle, Apple, Sony, etc). I decided that I’d love to do that too – just to get the sodding thing out there, to have published something, even if it’s not in tesco or charity shops. I spent eight years of my life with very little to show from music and I’d like to actually do something productive with the writing. I’m half-decent at it and I enjoy doing it, so I might as well have a healthy hobby which means that I can focus on the fun parts – plotting and writing a multiple book series. And maybe, just maybe, some people might read it. I’m not looking to make millions just an avenue to get rid of the creative nonsense that floods my brain.
I aim to redraft it over the summer and publish it in the Autumn – £2 for a 90,000 word book is not bad.
Additionally, I’ve written a sequel novella called “Devil in the Detail” which would likely follow just before Christmas before I embark on the proper sequel “Beast in the Shadow”.
It’ll be nice to have a little world to fill up.
Current project is “Future Shock”, a sci-fi short story concerning rebirth and is a man out of time tale.
I finished the first draft last week, having procrastrinated for a few months, and have started the second draft today. Initially it’s a tidy up and annotate – it gets sketchy towards the end and there’s a bit of flab in the middle. Pretty pleased with it though – it’s a useful way back into writing. I plan to submit it to a scifi mag in the next few weeks then get back to the main event, draft 4 of “Ghost in the Machine”.
Just a quick note to say that I finished the Scott Cullen novella “Devil in the Detail” today. Starting to redraft it, which shouldn’t take too long, as it’s only 22k. Very pleased with it; it’s an idea I’ve kicked around for a couple of years and finally managed to get nailed. It’s been an exercise in baddies, action and plotting; I’ve got a new plot method now, which seems to work for me. There’s no more getting lost in Excel spreadsheets for days, it’s a bare bones .txt file.
I’m next going to redraft “Ghost in the Machine” for resubmission to some other agents. It’s a very slow business, seems to take longer than forever. Writing “Devil” has given me some more ideas, and it’s always good to look stuff over again after a period of time.
Final point – I’m conscious of the fact that my site is a bit under-contented, so I’m going to add some of my writing samples up here. I did a similar doofus thing with music about ten years ago – website with no tunes – so it’s no surprise. Three chapters for “Ghost” v4 once it’s done and dusted.
Then it’s on with “Beast in the Shadow”…