Find DEFENDER to buy on Amazon (in hardback, e-book and audio).



Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th May, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

crimefest-low-res-2017CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. It has not only become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but is also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar. I’ll be taking part in two panels:

Debut Authors: An Infusion of Fresh Blood

Friday, 09:00 – 09:50 with Malin Persson Giolitto, Matthew Richardson, and Matt Wesolowski.

Genre Jumping: Crossing Boundaries

Friday, 13:40 – 14:30 with Ray Clark, Sarah Pinborough, and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

Have a browse of the events’ programme here.


In Conversation with A.J. Cross, G.X. Todd and Gillian McAllister

Tuesday 23rd May at 18:30, Birmingham Waterstones

The three of us will be talking about all things crime and thriller related in the book world (well, Anne and Gilly will be talking “crime” and I’ll just be nodding along. I’m more a thriller/horror girl.) Free event. Click here for more details.


MCM Comic Con, London

26th – 28th May, ExCel, London


MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Books, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys. Click here for the webiste, and here for ticket information.


Saturday 27th of May

The Big Breakthrough

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Join debut authors Ed McDonald (BLACKWING), GX Todd (DEFENDER), Nicholas Eames (KINGS OF THE WYLD), RJ Barker (AGE OF ASSASSINS) Adrian Selby (SNAKEWOOD) as they discuss their journey into the world of professional publishing, and what it takes to get that novel off your hard drive and onto the bookshelves.
• Lower Platinum Suite – Author signing immediately afterwards – Books available from Forbidden Planet.


Saturday 27th of May
Powerful Women in Pop Culture

Time: 4:30pm – 5:45pm

For year’s now popular culture has lead the way in terms of empowering women through a variety of dynamic, beloved female characters. Join authors Jen Williams (THE NINTH RAIN) GX Todd (DEFENDER) Justina Robson (KEEPING IT REAL) Ashley Poston (GEEKERELLA) Sam Maggs (WONDER WOMEN) Hope Nicholson (THE SECRET SISTERHOOD OF SPECTACULAR SUPERWOMEN) and Kim Curran (SHIFTER TRILOGY) as they discuss what makes a great female character in genre fiction.
• Lower Platinum Suite – Author signing afterwards.


I’ll also be taking part in some ThankBookFor interviews and podcasts with Tom. More details added as soon as they’re going live!



Driven By Words

A podcast series hosted on board Walsall Mobile Library. We will be inviting authors, readers, and industry folk aboard for a lovely scenic drive and cozy chat. Listen to:

Polly Ho Yen – author of The Boy in the Tower and Where Monsters Lie (currently longlisted for the Carnegie Medal).

Kit de Waal – author of My Name is Leon (Penguin Viking).

John Connolly – author of the Charlie Parker series, one of my all-time favourite books The Book of Lost Things (Hodder & Stoughton), and two short story compilations.



Weekly podcasts and events, all centred around stories and the people who tell them.

We have interviews with authors (Claire North, Beth Lewis, Mike Gayle, Helen Fitzgerald, Laura Lippman and many more), comedians (such as Sara Pascoe and Rachel Wheeley), industry folk in publishing, as well as a whole raft of others. Click here to explore.

ThankBookFor also has its own radio show on Wolverhamption Community Radio, every Wed/Thurs 12midnight- 1am. There’s a playback feature, too, so you don’t have to lose any sleep 😀