I am P. D. Viner and I am a crime writer. So far I have four kills under my belt, two novels – The Last Winter of Dani Lancing and Summer of Ghosts, plus two novellas – The Sad Man and The Ugly Man. The novels you have to buy (please) or borrow from the library or some hip, clued-up friends with great literary tastes. The novellas (short novels about 120 pages each) are free to download from all good ebook stockists.
I have an official biography page at Random House-Ebury (it makes me sound great – you should read it) and on that page are all the links to download the novellas free and to buy the novels.
All four books deal with the Lancing family and the policeman their lives are caught up with – Detective Superintendent Tom Bevans, AKA The Sad Man. The novellas (did I mention they were free?) are their origins stories. The Sad Man deals with the 1999 case that made Tom Bevans’ career and The Ugly Man (set in 1976) is the story that broke Patricia Lancing into the big time as a crime correspondent with the Daily Mirror. You can read all about the novels on my website. You can experience audio clips and illustrations for all the individual characters (from the brilliant Jaime Huxtable), as well as sections from the books. There is a reviews section if you want to read what newspapers/magazines and book bloggers have said about the works.
If you want to know more about me (and there are many fascinating things to learn) then you should check out The Walls Of Death which are covered with Easter eggs containing blogs and articles I have written over the last two years. If you have any questions you could send me an email from the ‘contact me’ section and I will also tell you that in the book group section there are questions and topics concerning each of the books. I will also answer any email questions from book groups and am more than happy to skype/facetime/any other emerging communication system live with book groups. If you are in the Southeast of England I could even attend in person.
If you would like to hear an interview I did with ace Crime Writer Jane Casey, two days before publication of The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, then you are in luck. If you listen to the end, you will hear all about my first kiss.
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What else do you want to know? I have a pretty substantial coffee addiction and cheese and pickle sandwiches are my snack of choice – accounting for the see-saw weight gain that has been my constant companion since I became a full-time writer (too much sitting around… too many cheese and pickle sandwiches). I write in coffee shops mostly. I have a six year-old daughter who makes me sooooo happy, together we are working on a book titled Dinosaur saves the world. Dinosaur is a cake-obsessed, bad-mouthed glove puppet with delusions of grandeur. He probably won’t kill anyone, but the jury is out on that.
What else am I working on? I sold the TV rights option for The Last Winter of Dani Lancing to Warner Horizon in the US. It was bought for two brilliant women to collaborate on – the Dexter writer Arika Muttman and the producer/showrunner on Pretty Little Liars, Marlene King. Having conference calls with Hollywood was incredibly exciting, but the likelihood is that the show will never get made (that is just how the cookie crumbles over there). Having that contact however led me to think about TV and with a UK production company I have written a five-episode series titled Consequences. We shall see what happens with that, but it has been a great experience. Writing is such a solitary life, but having people to throw ideas around with has been great – TV is so much more of a collaboration. Apart from that, the final Dani Lancing novel, Working Title: The Fall of Hope, will appear some time, alongside two novellas The Lost Man and The Brave Man, which will complete the work (I hope all three novels, four novellas and short story will be published as one volume one day). I am also writing The Vanished Wife which is very exciting – more about that in mid-2015.
I am pretty rubbish at tweeting, but feel free to follow me on Twitter. I also have a Facebook page you can like (please like me). That is kind of it. Have a look around the site and let me know what you think. P.D.