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Mary sent me a question via my website: website and I thought making a short video would be the best way to answer it.
Robert Harris also gets a mention, not that he needs any help off me!
If you have any questions about my books, writing in general, or just life itself, drop me a line and you might be in the next video!

Tony talks books on Youtube

Hope you enjoy it!


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Why I needed John Rossett.

A little video I made about why I needed to write, not wanted to write, but needed to write my first novel, The Darkest Hour.A little video I made about why I needed to write, not wanted to write, but needed to write my first novel, The Darkest Hour.

Why I needed John Rossett on Youtube.


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Magic Words…

 Being a writer has given me many special moments over the years. Be it opening my first box of books from HarperCollins, or maybe chatting to a reader in a bookstore who was a fan, or even walking into the New York Public Library and seeing my book on the shelf… they were all great moments, and I thank my lucky stars I’ve had the chance to experience them. IMG-20160617-WA0000

I have a great job.


I just had another one of those great moments, probably my favorite one of them all.

I just wrote the two words every writer loves the most:

 “The End.”

I made it, another book written.

Now all I have to do is start the next one and do it all over again!

Wish me luck!


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Light the Fire.

I posted a short blog the other day (here, thanks for asking!) about the things I wish I’d been doing before I became a published thriller writer with HarperCollins. The idea was that people could learn from my mistakes, and then not make them themselves.

Well, I’ve had a few replies over on Google+, and seeing as I know a lot of people don’t go there, I thought I would share one of the comments, and my answer, because I thought it was interesting, and it is one I’ve been asked before.

Hope it helps you! The British Lion by Tony Schumacher


“I’m glad I actually read that before I gotten my book completely written. Thank you, I hope that I’m able to do these things and I’m glad that you decided to make it a blog post to try and help others. I also have a blog, but I only have two posts on it, simply because I don’t know what else to really blog about… “

My reply:

“Hi there and thank you! The thing about blogging is, the more you do it, the easier it gets. You will soon start to see opportunities for topics everywhere. For instance, I’m looking at your reply and I can see the following blog topics jumping right out at me:

  1. How google+ is a great place for learning stuff.
  2. Your ongoing struggle to find topics to blog about.
  3. How asking questions on the internet helps you form connections, which in the long terms, may help you sell books and learn.
  4. How sharing stuff on the net helps others, in and return helps you.

There you go, four posts (and there are probably more) all from one reply. The trick is to learn to look for the stuff you can use. Imagine you are building a fire, and the question, comment, or discussion is a place to find kindling. Once you start looking, you’ll soon have too much to carry!

cover quotesAnother important thing to remember is that blog posts don’t have to be 1000 words long! Sometimes a short blog carries more weight than a long one, and it is often more likely to get read until the end.

Good luck with your writing!”

Always remember, the kindling for blogging is everywhere, you just have to learn how to spot it so can get on with lighting your own fire!


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