By the middle of last summer, Spy Trap was in the hands of my editor and I was contemplating taking a break from writing. My wife and I had our first trip to Australia planned for November and December and I was loathe to start another novel, only to have to leave it part finished.

Then, a strange thing happened. I suddenly got an idea for a contemporary thriller - similar to the kind of book I originally thought I would try to write. My wife gave the basic idea the thumbs up and I started to write. To my amazement, I had almost completed the book before we set off Down Under. I found the whole experience of writing something contemporary, and from first person perspectives, really enjoyable and the end product, called 'Sentence of Death'  has just been published.

A big question for me was, should I publish this new book under a different name? It’s completely different from my World War Two spy stories, both in content and style, and I debated long and hard whether readers like authors who shift genre - and probably shift back again in my case. In the end I decided that I’ve written it, so it should be identifiable as my work on the front. So, A. P. Martin it is. What do you think? I suppose time will tell if I made the right decision.

Watch out for the sequel to Sentence of Death - it should appear sometime in the Autumn.

I'm delighted to have been interviewed by the Whispering Stories book blog as part of their weekly  'The Writing Life of...' series.  

Here's a link to my interview. I hope you enjoy it!