So much has happened since I last posted here - not least Anatomy of a Scandal soaring to number 7 in the Sunday Times bestsellers list, spending 3 weeks in the top 10, and six in the chart in total. It remains in the e-book bestseller chart - 15th bestseller throughout February and peaking at number 10 - and is riding high in the audio chart, too.
I've done a promotional tour in Madrid and Barcelona, involving 18 interviews, two on TV, and the most forensic questions - covering Trump, Deneuve and Woody Allen; an imminent Catalan rape trial; and the reach and impact of MeToo.
I've also written about the cognitive dissonance of writing about something only to see it reflected in real life for @CrimeReads, an offshoot of the US literary site, lit hub. You can read the article here.
For someone who hates listening to her own voice, I loved participating in two podcasts. First, @TheWords podcast on feminism with the hugely impressive Everyday Feminism founder, Laura Bates, and writer Ann Helen Peterson, which Grazia and The Guardian chose it as their pick of the week's podcasts. (You can listen to it here.) And then the two crime writers podcast, with Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh. I'm episode 53 and you can download it here. Both give a fantastic insight into why I wrote Anatomy of a Scandal, and the Words includes two audio excerpts, my first taste of the incredible narration.
There have also been events at Heffer's, Cambridge, Waterstone's Gower Street in London, and Booka Bookshop in Oswestry with fellow authors Elizabeth Day and Fiona Cummins, as well as a First Monday Crime panel at City university which I loved. Pics to be posted soon.
And S&S are also sending me out on tour again, from Glasgow to my home city of Exeter, with Oxford, Bristol and Liverpool thrown in too. I've loved the events I've done so far and this time I'm paired at each one with at least one other writer, which always makes for the most interesting conversations. I'd love to see you. Do come along!