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, as yet only given the working title ‘The Ring Cycle’, should be published in the next month or so.

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 my first thriller - it should appear sometime in March.