Below is a selection of earlier events publicised on this website:
September saw the publication of my collection of ten coffee break crime stories,Dark and Deep, as an e-Book. A number of my readers had been asking me to produce a collection, and I was delighted to oblige! For more details, go to 'Books and Short Stories'.
At the end of September I was at the FantasyCon convention in Brighton, immersing myself in the 'fantasy' side of my hybrid 'crime fantasy' sub-genre and meeting a number of writers and fans.
Thursday 9 saw me at Chiltern Writers' monthly meeting where I was thrilled to be announced as the winner of their short story competition for the second year running. I was runner-up in 2010, so have been in amongst the prizes for three years in succession.
The judge was author Tessa Harris, who described my story, Another Leaving, as 'well-written and full of tension'.
August also saw the publication of my short story collection, Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories as a Kindle eBook.
This month I was guest blogging with the lovely Rebecca Bradley at http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/ and my author interview with Morgen Bailey is also being revisited at
Thursday 10th: I went to speak about my work to the good ladies of Ivinghoe & Pitstone Women’s Institute, who were serving a nice line in cheese and wine afterwards.
Thursday 24th - 26th: At Bristol for the annual Crimefest convention, where I was rubbing shoulders with, and chatting to, a veritable who’s who in the crime fiction genre, as well as catching up with many old friends, including Alison Bruce, author of the Gary Goodhew series (with me below) and making some new ones.
INQUISITOR ROYAL LAUNCH
11 January 2012: I held a virtual launch party for Inquisitor Royal, the sequel to A Sorcerer Slain, which was published as an eBook on 4 January. Guests enjoyed top quality cyber-fizz, byte-sized virtual canapes and an in-depth preview of the book with a little about where the ideas came from. There was also an opportunity to browse the first chapter. Most of my guests were surprisingly well behaved and had taken the precaution of booking cyber-taxis home!
INTERVIEW WITH MORGEN BAILEY
Wednesday 21 December 2011: I followed in the footsteps of notable authors who have been grilled by the wonderful Morgen Bailey, including Sue Moorcroft, Adrian Magson, Graham Hurley, Stephen Booth, Mark Billingham and Carole Matthews. You can still find the interview at http://wp.me/p18Ztn-1xX.
8 December 2011: I attended Chiltern Writers' Christmas Social and learned that I had won first prize in their short story competition judged by top writer Carole Matthews. Carole described my winning story, Pink With Envy, as 'a masterclass in how to construct a short story'. It's always good to have your work appreciated, but praise from someone at the top of the tree is especially satisfying. Here I am receiving part of the prize, a copy of her Carole's latest international bestseller, Wrapped Up in You.
November 2011: Thursday 10 saw me at Wendover Library speaking to Chiltern Writers about my work and eBooks, and on Wednesday 16 I was under the spotlight on Morgen Bailey's excellent writing-related blog http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/author-spotlight-no-32-%e2%80%93-dave-sivers/
GUEST BLOGGING WITH HYWELA LYN
September 2011: My good friend Hywela Lyn kindly invited me to guest on her blog. You can catch up on my post, on 'Genre Blending and the e-Book Revolution at http://hywelalyn.blogspot.com/2011/09/dave-sivers-21-sept.html
NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
November 2010 was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and along with thousands of writers worldwide I took up the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It was certainly tough going, but I passed the 'winning' post with a day to spare and have made some serious inroads into my novel. Being part of an international writing community for a month is a pretty awsome feeling, but I was glad when 1 December came around and I could actually get up later than 6.30 am.
S J BOLTON AT WENDOVER
November 2010 also saw me at Wendover, renewing my acquaintance with award-winning author of Sacrifice and Awakening, S J Bolton, who was speaking about 'Crime and the Woo-Woo factor at Chiltern Writers' meeting in Wendover. Sharon is a class act, and her novels are all must-reads
SHORT STORY PRIZE
October 2010 was marked by me claiming the runner-up prize in a short story competition with the theme 'A Glass of Wine' and judged by stellar advisor to authors Hilary Johnson. Hilary said of my story, Only a Glass of Wine, "This is a story that moves the emotions at a profound level".
July 2010 found me at Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. A must for all crime fiction fans, the galaxy of stars from the genre in attendance included Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter, Peter James, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeff Lindsay, and literally dozens more. I enjoyed catching up with old friends like Zoe Sharp, Stella Duffy, N J Cooper and Alison Bruce and making some new acquaintances, including Martyn Waites, who is now also enjoying success as Tanya Carver. You can visit the Festival website at http://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime.
May 2010 saw me in Bristol for Crimefest (http://www.crimefest.com), spending a couple of days in the company of NJ Cooper, Colin Dexter, Peter Gutteridge, Alison Bruce, Zoe Sharp, Caro Ramsay, and many more. I also enjoyed being part of the 'Mystery Women' Quiz Team (www.mysterywomen.co.uk)
February 2010 found me indulging my other passion - the amateur stage - as Chris and I joined the chorus of Aylesbury Opera Group's production of Donizetti's 'The Elixir of Love'. We enjoyed doing this rustic comedy, and I kidded myself I looked dashing as a red-coated soldier (far left below). I also found time to handle the publicity for the production, and we were delighted by the local press coverage.
ZOE SHARP AT WENDOVER
On Thursday 9 July 2009, I chaired Chiltern Writers' meeting at Wendover Library featuring thriller queen Zoe Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series of thrillers. As well as talking about her work, Zoe (pictured with me below) provided a masterclass on plotting.
TRUE CRIME IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
2009 has seen the publication of my series of articles on True Crime In
Buckinghamshire for The Four Shires magazine. With its genteel collection of old market towns and rural villages, Bucks is the last place you might associate with dark deeds, but just beneath the surface lie some pretty gruesome crimes - right up my street, so to speak! You can visit the magazine's website at http://www.fourshires.co.uk/
ELENA FORBES IN WENDOVER
January 2009 saw me at Wendover Library, where the excellent Elena Forbes (pictured with me below) was reading from her latest novel, Our Lady of Pain, and answering questions from the audience. Elena gave us an entertaining evening. If you haven't yet discovered her books, featuring DI Mark Tartaglia, check them out!
SCHOOL BOOK CHALLENGE
I was honoured in March 2008 to be invited, as a local writer and school governor, to judge a book-writing challenge at my local primary school, Brookmead. The class, Year 6, had been divided into six groups of five and challenged by teacher Jessica Avery to produce a five-chapter book outline, written in the style of Roald Dahl and illustrated in the style of Quentin Blake. It proved an extremely difficult decision, with little to choose between the contenders, but I visited the class on 18 March to announce the winners and present certificates to the runners up. In the end, the honours went to All in One by Charlotte Fuff, James Nairn, Betsy Ashburner, Phoebe Tebbut and Charlie Deeley.
The Dahl Challenge Winners
The runner up was Ratz in Rome by Jake Rogers, Morgan Churchouse-Cook, Rosie Mills, William Hollands and Deanna Kalis.
I was impressed with the overall standard of the storytelling and artwork. There is a lot of talent in Year 6 at Brookmead and I look forward to seeing some of their names on the bookshelves at some time in the future.
CAROLE MATTHEWS BOOK LAUNCH
12 September 2007 saw me at Waterstone’s in Milton Keynes for the launch of Carole Matthews’ latest two novels, The Chocolate Lovers’ Club and The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet. That’s me and Carole above. In keeping with the chocolate theme, the centrepiece of the party was a large chocolate fountain - I was assured that it was calorie-free! If you like to read romantic comedy, no one does it better than Carole.