It's nearly six weeks now since Wild Fire was published in paperback and it's been my bestselling novel to date, making it to number two in the Sunday Times paperback fiction best-seller list and staying in the top ten for five weeks. A huge thanks to all the wonderful readers who bought it and to the booksellers who displayed and sold it.
Thanks too to everybody who turned out to support me in my mini-tour of the UK, and to Pan Mac rep Gillian McKay who ferried me around in Scotland and looked after me brilliantly. There were so many highlights. Dunoon was fabulous and a great collaboration between a library and an independent bookshop; the glorious weather on the ferry across the Clyde just added to the magic. I loved sharing the stage with fellow squaddie Cath Staincliffe in Gateshead and Huddersfield, and with Killer Woman Mel McGrath in Winchester. Delivering the Dorothy Sayers lecture for the Essex book festival was daunting, but a wonderful supper hosted by the Sayers' Society beforehand calmed the nerves considerably.
My most recent event was at the Aye Write festival in Glasgow. This was another two-hander with my friend Alex Gray, who was celebrating the publication of her latest Lorimer book, The Stalker. The same afternoon I did a very different gig - in Barlinnie prison.
Finally, a very big thanks to everyone who listened to me chatting to Lauren Laverne on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. It was a unique experience. I've been listening to the show for as long as I can remember, but never thought that I'd be one of the castaways.