Ghost Writing The problem with talking about ghost writing in a portfolio is that I sign a nondisclosure agreement for each book, and so I can’t point to any of them and say, “I wrote that.” But here’s a list of some of the genres in which I’ve ghost written for other people.
Crime and mystery fiction
- UK police
- US police
- Settings: California, Nevada, Oregon, New York, Florida, North London, South London, North Wales, Newcastle on Tyne
- Settings: North Africa, South Africa, Florida, Shropshire
- 1920s London
- 1960s Yorkshire
- 1890s New York and London
- 1770s Revolutionary American colonies
- 1840s England
- 1940s Wartime England
- Alternative/multiple universes
- Time travel
- Life in the future
- Settings: USA, Europe, South Africa, Unspecified
- Settings: USA, UK
- POV: Investigator, Criminal
In my early ghost writing days, I wrote a lot of memoirs. Now, I write very few. If a publisher whose favor I want to keep asks me to write a memoir, I will usually do it; for others, I have to really want to write the book, which means I need to find the person’s story gripping and worthy of a wide audience.
The Book of the Film
I’ve written a lot of these. Adapting a book into a screenplay is an art, but so is writing a book from a screenplay or even from a treatment, and that’s what I’m talking about here. Someone writing a screenplay can rely on the actors to convey so many things that the author has to convey using words – a raised eyebrow in a movie may be doing the work of 300 words on the page. I’ve made such a specialty of this that I’m regularly approached by agents who want a book to sell on the back of the movie.
That’s a list of the most usual requests I get, but there are others that aren’t so easily pigeonholed. If you have something unusual, get in touch. I like unusual.