I just sent off a 7,500 word short story to best selling American crime author, Joe Konrath. He put out an invitation on his blog for other crime writers to write a story using both sets of characters (his and mine). If his wife (who’s acting as judge and jury) likes a story, any author who gets through this judging process will be invited to collaborate with Joe on a novel-length work that also utilises the two sets of characters.

Worth a shot, I thought. Would hugely increase my profile if I’m accepted.

But I’m not getting my hopes up as his universe is based in Chicago and I set my story in England (I thought it would be a challenge too far to try to come up with a good story, get used to American characters, their idiosyncrasies and idioms and try to get my head round an entirely new and unknown location).

Though in my accompanying email I have said that I’m sure Rafferty’s boss, Superintendent Bradley, would be only too keen to get shot of him on secondment to the States for the duration, taking Llewellyn with him! Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed.