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Thursday, June 10, 2010

APOLOGIES FOR THE ABSENCE…

Sometime last year I missed a month on the blog. I decided then that – come what may – I would always post at least one blog each month. Seems I have missed one again. Somehow or another May went by me in a flash, and here we are in June, and I apologise for my failure to report on news and events for last month. However, I have just noticed that this is my 100th blog entry!

Since we last spoke I have been out to Montreal to accept the Quebec Laureat for the French translation of ‘A Quiet Vendetta’. The two books in French translation have done extraordinarily well. ‘A Quiet Belief In Angels’ (published in France as ‘Seul Le Silence’), and the second release (published as ‘Vendetta’) have sold a huge amount of copies, but – far more importantly – they have been greeted very warmly by the French. The Quebec Laureat - full title, ‘Prix des Libraires Du Quebec’ - is a very prestigious annual award nominated and given in two categories. There is the ‘Quebecois’ category (for those authors who are natives of Quebec), and the ‘Hors Quebec’ (outside Quebec) category for everyone else. Last year ‘ A Quiet Belief In Angels’ was shortlisted for the Laureat and lost, by one vote, to ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy. This year ‘Vendetta’ was shortlisted in the company of such august and wonderful authors as James Frey and Philip Roth, and went on to win. That ‘A Quiet Belief In Angels’ also won the Inaugural Prix Roman Noir Nouvel Observateur was already acknowledgement enough, but to have won the Laureat for ‘Vendetta’ was quite overwhelming. The award has been given for seventeen years, and not once in all those seventeen years has anyone from the ‘hors Quebec’ category actually gone to Quebec to receive the award in person. Well, I went, and I did the speech in French, and my French accent was graciously tolerated! The award itself (pictures of which I posted on facebook, and can still be found in the ‘photos’ section of my profile page) was a wonderful wooden carving employing basswood, mahogany, cherry and maple, all sourced from that area. Montreal itself is an amazing place. Neither American (despite some very ‘American’ architecture in amidst the French-influenced, and the characteristically Quebecois buildings), nor English (despite the fact that Queen is still head of State), nor French (despite the fact that French is very definitely the first language), Quebec is very definitely just Quebec. It is like nowhere else I have been, and I am looking forward to any opportunity I might have to go again. It was a great experience, and I want to thank everyone involved in that amazing trip for their support, their friendship and their encouragement.

And now to facebook. I do have a profile page under my full name – Roger Jon Ellory. There have also been fan pages set up by different folks – ‘R.J. Ellory’ and ‘R.J. Ellory Author’ and different pages for different books. If you want to send me a friend request to my personal facebook page please do that. You’ll know it because there’s about a thousand friends currently, and my profile picture is me playing the guitar.

Which brings us to music. Right. So, where to start. Myself and a couple of friends got together, and with very little practice indeed (and I mean fifteen minutes, at best!) we played at a private party. Someone took some snaps which they then forwarded to me. I posted them up on facebook, and I gave the ‘band’ a name – The Renegades. I think this has now been officially adopted as the name of this dubious outfit, and yes, we are working on a set-list, and yes, we are going to be playing live soon. This is the plan. It has been the plan for a few months, but with the amount of travelling I’ve been doing it hasn’t really been realistic to get it organised until recently. I will keep you posted on this project as it progresses.

And thus to travel. Since the start of the year I have been out to Dubai, also to Montreal, to St. Malo in the south of France for the Etonnants-Voyageur Film and Literature Festival. Here I had the great pleasure of doing another event with my dear friend Vikas Swarup (author of ‘Q&A’, the book that was made into ‘Slumdog Millionaire’). I took a lot of pictures there, all of which are on facebook. I also spent a couple of days in Amsterdam talking to the press about the Dutch release of ‘A Quiet Vendetta’. For the remainder of the coming year we have organised a week in New York for the launch of ‘The Anniversary Man’ (which is actually released today, but we are doing some promotional work out there – radio interviews and whatever, and we are having an official launch party at ‘Partners & Crime’ on Greenwich Avenue on the evening of the 6th of July, so if you’re out in New York in the first week of July well just come along…). Also I will be in Montpellier at the Frontignan Literary Festival at the end of this month; at the Lichfield Big Read (‘One City, One Book’ – talking to 200 people who’ve all read ‘Ghostheart’); at Harrogate for the whole Crime Festival weekend; a week in Swanwick at the very famous Writers’ Festival; a two-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, to include the Melbourne Lit. Fest.; also events in Birmingham and Oxford at the Hotel Du Vin and Malmaison chains; a week in Qatar for the Qatar Festival of Writing; back to France for the festival in Villeneuve-les-Avignon; then a week in San Francisco at Bouchercon, the largest crime fiction festival in the world, and finally another two weeks in Canada, a trip which will include the Toronto Literary Festival and trips out to Ottawa and numerous other places.

As far as the books are concerned, ‘Saints of New York’ is out in September this year and ‘Bad Signs’ is done for June of 2011. And currently I am about two-thirds the way through writing the book for 2012, working title is ‘A Dark And Broken Heart’, but that will more than likely change. With the release of ‘Saints of New York’ in paperback next year, Orion intend to completely redesign and re-release all the previous books, so I am interested to see what I am going to look like for 2011.

Also, for the second time I have been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger In The Library (an award given to an author for a body of work, as opposed to one particular novel), and I have been longlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Award for ‘A Simple Act of Violence’. The shortlist is selected by public vote, and public voting ends tomorrow…and if you still haven’t voted and want to then you can on the Harrogate Crime Festival website, or the following link: http://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime/award/

So that’s where I’m at currently. I appreciate all the e-mails and letters and cards and facebook messages. I get a few responses to the blog entries I post, but there seems to be a predominance of cryptic Oriental ideograms appearing as ‘responses’ to my posts, and I have absolutely no idea what that’s about!

You will be pleased to know I have not taken a holiday since 1985 (and that was just a week’s hitchhike to Wales and sleeping on the beach), and I have absolutely no intention of taking a holiday at any point in the foreseeable future. There is work to be done – always!

And so we are done for now. I trust you are all well, and that you are reading as much as you can as often as you can.

Reply please. Send me e-mails, facebook notifications, whatever you like! It’s always great to hear from you.

Take care, and all best wishes,

Roger.

30 comments:

Sue said...

Wow, you really are busy. I do intend to catch up with you, somewhere, sometime. I'd love to meet you. Thanks for all your hardwork. You are not only a star, you are a true gentleman.

Michael Malone said...

He absolutely is, Sue. An international one at that. Good to see things continue apace, m'man!

R J Ellory said...

Sue...Michael...well, you know what I think? I think I am very fortunate to have been published, and I want to make sure I stay being published for as long as possible! A great deal of the pleasure that comes from this is meeting readers and fellow writers - the finest people on the world!

RochelleP_Higginson瓊文 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債..................................................

孝齊 said...

不要把生命看得太嚴肅,反正我們不會活著離開。..................................................................

峻龍 said...

No pains, no gains...................................................................

Sue H said...

So, Roger - when do the Renegades release their first album? Or are you planning to go straight to download via iTunes/Spotify? ;-p

Thanks for the witty and informative blog - hope all your events and visits go as planned. At some point I hope to get to hear you speak in person!

R J Ellory said...

Sue...oh Lord, we're a little way away from releasing an album (though what a great idea!). Anyway, first things first. Get some local gigs under our belts and see how it goes. It has really started up again as a project purely for enjoyment, but you never know. We shall see what transpires...

洪筱婷 said...

very nice blog~~......................................................................

葉婷 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。....................................................................

嘉惠 said...

一定要保持最佳狀況呦,加油!!!期待你發表的新文章!.................................................................

彥妏彥妏 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

蕙春蕙春 said...

Hello~安安唷~很高興見到你哦!!............................................................

宥妃宥妃 said...

人不可以求其備,必捨其所短,取其所長............................................................

香昱信張君林 said...

Say not all that you know, believe not all that you hear.............................................................

珍昕珍昕 said...

如此活躍的文字, 妳好棒哦! ............................................................

陳湘枝陳湘枝 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ............................................................

蔡舜娟蔡舜娟 said...

令人心動的好文章~~..................................................................

吳庭 said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

sh林aronr宏oge嘉rs said...

你文章很棒的~繼續分享給大家~~~~............................................................

林聿希林聿希林聿希 said...

老天爺賦予了強者的能力,就是要他比弱者多擔待.......................................................

謝翁穎翰毓珍 said...

愛情不是慈善事業,不能隨便施捨。......................................................................

群育航學 said...

好文章,希望能一直看到您的PO文......................................................

玄王季玄王季玄王季 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。..................................................

淑張福 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

hammershark said...

Dear Mr Ellory,
I've just finished Vendetta (in French) and the Anniversary Man (in English). In a row.
I wanted to tell you how much I liked both of them. I had already been amazed by a quiet belief in angels, renewing the thriller by combining incredible style and poetry with suspense and violence. And I doubted it would be possible to do better than that. I was definitely wrong. With a little bit less of poetry, but an awful lot more of pace and suspense, Vendetta and the Anniversary Man are overwhelming. The work on the plots as well as on protagonists is one among the best I've ever read (with Irving and Costello you beat L. Block's Matt Scudder, according to me, and he was my favorite character till now).
That's why I wanted to thank you : style and emotions at their best, your a goddam good writer !
Please go on like this. You even help me improve my English

建枫 said...

你文章很棒的~繼續分享給大家~~~~..................................................

淑芳 said...

Pen and ink is wits plough...................................................................

璇陳陳陳竹 said...

天生我材必有用,千金散盡還復來。.. ...............................................................

R J Ellory said...

Hammershark. Huge thanks for your message. Much appreciated! To tell you the truth, I had sort of given up looking at the responses to my blog as the whole site seems to have been infiltrated by links to very suspicious Japanese websites. Anyway, great to hear from you, and if you want to e-mail me with any questions about the books or anything else, then go through the website 'Contact' option and it will come to my e-mail address.
Best wishes!