Brilliant, brilliant news!! If you’re a crime fiction reader you’ve probably heard of the Theakston Crime Festival held at Harrogate in the UK every year. It’s a seriously big deal with A list writers (this year’s guests include Val McDermid, Lee Child, Don Winslow, Sophie Hannah, John Grisham just to name a few) and it’s supposed to be seriously good fun, with everyone mingling in the bar of the Old Swan Hotel. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year…as a writer! I’ve had the incredible good fortune to have Val McDermid choose The Ruin as one of only four debut crime novels, out of over fifty submitted, to take part in her #NewBlood panel this July! Wildly, wildly excited about this, as you might imagine…can’t quite get my head around it but just can’t wait : ) You can read more about the other panelists chosen – the brilliant Will Dean, Stuart Turton and C. J. Tudor below. If you’re in the UK and you’re going to the festival let me know…will meet you in the bar!