FROM BOOKSELLER TO BESTSELLER
I’ve been a fan of thrillers ever since watching All the President’s Men when I was far too young to understand what was going on. Now every day I get to indulge in my passion for fast-paced stories, full of characters you really care about.
After becoming a bookseller then a marketing manager with Waterstones in my native Glasgow, I pursued my literary ambitions, writing long into the night. I found some minor success with early work, but I was never fully satisfied with what I was producing.
Then I had an idea for a political thriller. A series of three interlinking stories. The first, a man tortured and detained at a CIA black site. A woman’s apparent suicide at a GCHQ safe house the same night. Then a terror attack on 10 Downing Street the next morning, and the thread that links them all: a journalist called Tom Novak.
The book would be Official Secrets, and little did I know that it would change my life.
The series has now sold over 100,000 copies, and been downloaded for Kindle Unlimited almost as many times again. Not bad for a book that was rejected by almost every literary agent in the country! One of whom informed me that I was writing in a ‘dying genre’. I’m sure that would come as news to the many readers that I’ve managed to find in the years since.
I have since branched out into more action-based espionage thrillers with my Duncan Grant series, starting with Kill Day, which is an attempt to bring the spy genre into the twenty-first century, and to bring something new and fresh to the genre.
I recently signed a four-audiobook deal with WF Howes to produce the first four titles in the Novak and Mitchell series, and will be introducing a Glasgow-set detective series featuring DCI Jim Lomond. The first in that series will be published in summer 2022.
I hope that you’ll come on the journey with me as I continue to expand each of my series.
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“Andrew Raymond is an absolute must-read author…one of the most exciting new voices in thrillers in years.”Amazon UK