As you may have guessed, I’m quite keen on writing – and in particular on writing about financial crime. We’ve had articles, and training materials, and policies ‘n’ procedures, and books, and of course this blog. All that has been missing is a novel. Until now, that is. Well, until 19 July 2013, to be precise – for on that day I will be publishing my first lengthy work of fiction, and you will hardly fall off your chair when you hear that it is all about financial naughtiness.
Publication has hardly been a snap decision, as I have been working on this book in one form or another for four years. (I know, I know – you’d think I’d be quicker at this writing lark by now.) In my defence, I’ve had to squeeze it in between other projects, and it turns out that making up stories is actually rather hard. But I have finally run out of excuses, and “Fatal Forgery” (for that is its name) is heading down the home straight towards publication. It is the story of a banker gone bad, set in the Regency period (1811 to 1820 – that’s the years, not the early evening), with a prototype financial investigator, Constable Samuel Plank, as our hero. “Fatal Forgery” will be appearing both as a print-on-demand paperback and as an e-book, and with a publication date of 19 July, should catch you just as you stock up on poolside reading for your summer hols.
I don’t want to clog up this serious, professional blog (whaddya mean, I’m not usually serious and professional?) with breathless updates on my progress, but for those who are interested in the minutiae of Plank’s path to publication I have created another website/blog: www.susangrossey.wordpress.com. Otherwise, that’s it for Plank-promotion as far as this website is concerned – although I am sure I won’t be able to resist a quick crow on publication day. Meanwhile, please keep your fingers crossed that I manage to bring my hogs to a fine market [Regency slang for embarking on a successful commercial endeavour].