Every time I start a new Roy Grace novel, it is like returning to my old mates, and I wonder what they have been up to since I left them all at the end of the last book. How is Roy coping with fatherhood? Is Norman Potting still lusting away…. Has Glenn Branson made steps in getting his life back together… how is Marlon, the goldfish, and of course, what next from Sandy…..?
I always have a strong personal element in my novels, but Not Dead Yet has even more than usual. It is about, Gaia, a huge rock star turned actress (think Madonna!) who is going to star in a huge Hollywood movie being made in Brighton, about the love affair that put Brighton on the map. It was the relationship between King George 1V and his mistress, Maria Fitzherbert, for whom he built the Royal Pavilion – probably the world’s grandest bachelor pad! Gaia believes this could be an Oscar winning role, a new King’s Speech. But she has a dangerously obsessive fan in Brighton and for her, Roy Grace and the producers, a nightmare is about to begin…
Gaia is very much drawn from my own 25 years experience as a movie producer working with some of biggest A list names, from Peter Sellers and Elizabeth Taylor to Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Rober DeNiro and Al Pacino – and it is a world I have written about in this book, warts and all, with much glee! I hope you will have as much fun reading it as I did writing Not Dead Yet.
If you would like to get your book personally signed, Peter James will be in two of our Sussex stores on Thursday, June 7th: Tesco Lewes 9:30-10:30am and at Tesco Shoreham-by-Sea 14:00-15:30pm!