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How I Came to Write The Making of Billy McErlane

Where do writers get their ideas from? We are asked that all the time. Frequently, I have to say that I simply don’t know – the book just arrived in my head. But in the case of Zappa’s Mam’s a Slapper, which I renamed The Making of Billy McErlane, things are much clearer. This video […]

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Why Place Matters to Writers (And readers)

You can take the boy out of Newcastle… Writers and a sense of place I’m a Geordie. I wasn’t born in Newcastle (in fact, I was born on the south coast and you can’t get much further away than that without leaving the country) and I don’t live in Newcastle now, but I’m still a […]

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NetGalley reviews for Drawn to Murder by JJ Sullivan

NetGalley is a platform that allows publishers to obtain reviews for books before they are published. Drawn to Murder by JJ Sullivan is due for publication on 1 December 2021. Here is what 4 NetGalley reviewers have to say about it: Nadine R, Reviewer    4 Stars This book had me stumped. Sitting smug and […]

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Listen to a Murder

Listen to a Murder Drawn to Murder is Book 1 in the Batterton Police series of police procedurals. Two women, bent on revenge, plot the murder of three men. This extract, read by the author, JJ Sullivan, describes the death of the first victim. Drawn to Murder is published on 1st December 2021, but you […]

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Police Procedurals

I wrote these books after so many cops said about police series on TV, ‘I like it, but it’s nothing like real life. That’s not how the police do things.’ These books show the way the police DO act.

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Why I changed the name from Zappa's Mam's a Slapper to The Making of Billy McErlane

Changing a book's name may be a mistake

Sometimes you should listen to other people. And sometimes you shouldn’t. The name Zapper’s Mam’s a Slapper grew out of the book. This is the beginning of Chapter 8: Chapter 8 I chose the name Billy when I was eleven. It was 1999, I’d had eleven years of answering to the one my stupid mother […]

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Book 3 in the James Blakiston Series

Book 3 in the James Blakiston Series is due out at the end of December. We are now at the closing stages of getting it ready for publication, and one of those final steps is the cover design. And that has created a bit of a challenge. The covers for Books 1 and 2 follow […]

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The First Greeners in America: Designing the Cover

The third book in the James Blakiston Series is called The First Greeners in America. Both of the first two books in the series were set in the north-east of England in the seventeen sixties, and so will be the fourth, but this third book is largely set in the American colonies as the War […]

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