After months of anticipation, the new novel from a former Midlands journalist has hit the bookshelves.
Dancing with the Virgins is the second book from Stephen Booth, who spent fifteen years as a reporter with the Worksop Guardian.
It is the follow up to his first novel, Black Dog which was a critical and commercial success when it was published last year.
The release of Dancing… took place at a special launch party attended by friends, family and fans.
Stephen said: “I was pleased that so many people came along. Because the first book was so succesful I was worried that the novelty wouldn’t be the same.
“My life has changed completely since Black Dog and it is very strange to think that this time last year I was an unpublished author.”
The two books centre on a pair of detectives tackling grisly crimes in the Peak District.
Harper Collins has already contracted Stephen to write two more novels and now United Television has bought up the television rights to the stories.
Stephen left his job at the Guardian to concentrate on the novels – and he also spends time talking to writing groups.
He explained: “The demands on my time are just growing and growing. It is a great feeling when people say my achievements inspire them.”
Now Stephen is planning a visit to the US for a short promotional tour.
He said: “It will be great to meet my trans-atlantic readers.”
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