Upcoming festival appearances

March 17, 2017

I'm going to be on these panels at upcoming festivals:


Fish Hoek Library
22 March 2017 at 18.30
The "Crime and Wine" panel with Mike Nichol, Karin Brynard and Sally Andrew.

Fish Hoek Library
25 March at 10.00
The Book Dash event


Kingsmead College Gym
13 May at 16.15
The "Unbound Imaginations" panel with Diane Awerbuck, Alex Latimer, Tammy Baikie and Bontle Senne


19 May at 16.00
The "Heroes at the end of the world" panel with Fred Strydom, Diane Awerbuck and Helen Brain

20 May at 16.00
The "Crossing the arts" panel with Carol Mashigo, Rian Malan and Africa Melane.


The inspiration for Zodiac

February 16, 2017
Mystery Tribune has just posted an article I wrote explaining the backstory of Zodiac.

"In the Zodiac world, Capricorns are assumed to be achievers, so their parents send them to the best universities. People-pleasing Libras get sidelined to the service industry, and the impulsive and fiery Aries are swept into the slums. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Their social position is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and when Capricorns succeed or when Aries fail, it’s just proof that astro...

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Quick Thoughts On Turkey

December 7, 2016

I was in Istanbul last week for the Black Week Crime Fiction Festival. It was my first time in Turkey and it was absolutely extraordinary. I’m back to my day job now, and I’m battening down the hatches for the imminent birth of my daughter, but I thought it would be worth jotting down some of the most memorable moments in a roughly chronological order:



I was greeted off the plane by someone holding a sign saying “Sam Wilson”. Some other passengers pointed...

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This and That

November 22, 2016
Well I've just done another Book Dash, where we created a new kids' book in a 12-hour sprint. 11 teams of writers, illustrators and designers worked together to create new, creative-commons-licensed children's stories to be distributed to schools and libraries. If you live in South Africa and are interested in this kind of thing then I'd highly recommend getting involved - apart from being a great cause, it's a huge amount of fun, and we were surprised at regular intervals by food, chocolate ...
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Zodiac Goldsboro Special Edition

September 20, 2016

Goldsboro Books in London has made Zodiac their book of the month for October, and have printed a special edition with the cool black cover above. Every book is signed and numbered.

Here's what I wrote for the Goldsboro newsletter:

'Zodiac is a thriller set in a world divided by star signs. The month and hour of your birth determines your place in society, not because of some cosmic influence or a dystopian government, but because our beliefs shape who we are.


Astrology is a way of categorising...

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Zodiac: A review (by the planets)

August 25, 2016

Zodiac is available on the Kindle today!

Technically that means that today is Zodiac’s birthday, so obviously I needed a birth chart to see what the heavens thought about the book. 

Here's what they said:

Sun in Virgo:
“Zodiac is an ingenious, sharp customer: Discerning, crafty and diplomatic.”

Moon in Taurus:
“Convinced of its ideas and strong-willed.”

Mercury in Virgo:
“It discusses, deduces and judges. It reasons logically and accurately. Weakness: It can be impulsive and manic.”


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Release Dates

July 27, 2016

I'm excited to announce the release dates and publishers for Zodiac:

SOUTH AFRICA (Penguin - Michael Joseph) – 29th August 2016

UK (Penguin - Michael Joseph) – November 2016

GERMANY (Blanvalet) – 1st December 2016
SPAIN (Planeta) – 1st January 2017
THE NETHERLANDS (The House of Books)  - 16th January 2017

USA (Pegasus Books) – 1st February 2017
ITALY (Rizzoli) - 2nd May 2017
TURKEY (Destek) – 1st June 2017

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Nine Worlds

July 27, 2016
Alright, let's get this self-publicity thing going!

I'll be at the Nine Worlds Convention in London on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of August 2016. I'm on two panels: 

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45am : How to Idea

Catriona Ward, Tom Lloyd, Lavie Tidhar, Emma Newman, Sam Wilson, Al Robertson

It's a weird and wonderful world, and necessity is the mother of invention - but how do you hone ideas, sort the good from the bad, tune them up and make them run? A nice ramble through the inspiration th...

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