Author’s second novel attracts rave reviews
A Cambuslang man who had his second novel published earlier this month has been delighted by the response to it.
Gavin Bell, who grew up on Stewarton Drive but now lives in Drumsagard, writes as Mason Cross, and his followup to last year’s The Killing Season, The Samaritan, has been well received by critics and purchasers alike.
The Samaritan was praised by the Independent as “a sprawling American epic delivered with panache,” while readers have posted positive reviews online too.
Gavin said: “It’s been going really well. We held the launch event two weeks ago, and there was a really good turnout.
“I’d been warned beforehand that sometimes with an author’s second book, there’s not always the same kind of turnout as you have for your first, but that wasn’t the case at all, which was really good.
“I’ve had some really good feedback, through reviews in The Independent, and had some great comments from people who have read it.
“It’s a bit different from the first, which was always my intention. It would have been easy to do a cut and paste job and do the same as I did in The Killing Season, but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. It’s still a thriller, but done differently, to keep it interesting.
“It was good for me as well, as I didn’t want to replicate what I’d done before.”
As his second novel featuring detective Carter Blake is released, Gavin’s currently preparing to make revisions on his third tome.
He said: “My editor has had it for a few weeks now, and they’ll come back to me with some notes, as there’s always some things you can do better.
“It definitely benefits from people feeding in their thoughts, and then, after we’ve got that all done, it’s time to start thinking about book four!
“It’s been good to have a few weeks of downtime and not having to think about it, as it takes off the pressure.”
Gavin has also spoken at a number of top literary events, to discuss his work on his books, in Scotland and England.
The Killing Season was released in paperback on March 9 this year, appearing in the local Morrisons, thrilling Gavin.
He added: “I’m going to be doing a couple of signings at Waterstones over the next couple of weeks, with East Kilbride on August 6, and then on August 8 over at the refitted Braehead one, as I’ll be there for their grand reopening.”
Signing Gavin signs copies of The Samaritan at its launch in Waterstones in Glasgow
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