Hello. My name is Colin Wreford and my first novel "Common Sense" will be officially published on 28th January 2022.
I was born in Newton Abbot, Devon. Upon leaving school I joined Midland Bank and worked for them for 20 years. I then took voluntary redundancy and completed my education and obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. I held managerial positions in several different organisations before retiring to care for my parents.
Three years ago I started writing poems and song lyrics as a hobby. One day in the summer of 2020 I was walking at Goodrington beach and had an idea for a song. I quickly realised that i could not tell the story properly in the timescale of a song and also that I could not make it rhyme.
That idea has become my debut novel and I am delighted that it is to be published through Matador.
28 January 2022. Official publishing date for my debut novel "Common Sense".
1 September 2021 Printing started.
1 September 2021 Publicity started. Book listed on Waterstones for pre-order and Amazon.co.uk
1 September 2021 First pre-order sale made through Waterstones. What a thrill!
3 September 2021 Common Sense now available on several booksellers websites to pre-order
4 September 2021 My book is all over the Internet and even available to order from a Danish bookseller.
4 September 2021 I am now aware of 2 pre-orders but I suspect (and hope) there are more.
15 September 2021 Gradually being told by more people that they have pre-ordered my book which is very pleasing to
2 October 2021 Covid permitting I hope to have a book signing at Waterstones Torquay when the book is published
9 November 2021 Everything signed off and printing to start imminently on the actual books.
24 November 2021 Book being printed. Work starting on e-book and also on audio book. Exciting times
3 December 2021 e-book available on Amazon Kindle from today to download or buy
3 December 2021 e-book will be on promotion to buy free for 5 days from 4 December (tomorrow) on Amazon
3 December 2021 Paperback book exists and I have a copy to prove it. Publishing date 28 January 2022
3 December 2021 Audiobook progressing well. To be read by Sebastian Abineri and available in 2022
11 December 2021 e-book promotion a great success and Common Sense peaked at N0 4 in free political non-fiction
top 100 chart
11 December 2021 Promotion now over but book still performing reasonably well in paying charts
11 December 2021 Have received first comments on e-book which are very good and encouraging. Hope first
reviews will be submitted soon
12 January 2022 I have spent last 2 days in a recording studio working on the audiobook version of Common
Sense. Hopefully this will be available soon after the paperback version is published on 28th
28 January 2022 Paperback and audiobook now available
4 February 2022 I have been asked to address a convention of aspiring authors in March at Paignton Library.
More details to follow when known.
10 February 2022 Scheduled to record interview with Talk Radio Europe for their book show broadcast
Wednesdays at 7PM and repeated Saturdays 8 PM. My first radio interview.
17 February 2022 Talk Radio Europe broadcast my interview. Considering this was my first ever interview I am
delighted with the result. Many thanks to Hannah Murray and all at TRE.
20 February 2022 Author's Convention confirmed for 19th March 11AM to 2PM at Paignton Library.
11 March 2022 10 days to Paignton Library Author's Convention. I am speaking about my experiences in
turning a simple idea into a published book. My slot is 1.20 - 1.40 PM if anyone would like to
pop along to the library in Paignton, Deon. Everyone welcome!
18 March 2022 Don't forget to pop into Paignton Library tomorrow between 11 and 2 if you are in the area.
Please support their first Author's Convention.
30 May 2022 Exciting news. I am doing a book signing at W H Smith Union Street Torquay on Saturday 11
June. Please come along for a chat, an opportunity to but "Common Sense" and for me to
sign your copy. Exact time to be agreed.
9 July 2022 Unfortunately the book signing had to be postponed but I am hoping to rearrange this soon
9 July 2022 Horizons magazine has published my article about the process of writing Common Sense and
I hope their readers enjoy my contribution
31 May 2023 I am delighted to announce that the follow up to Common Sense is now available to pre-order from the shop on this website with an official publishing date of 28 October 2023. Imaginatively titled More Common Sense the new book continues the story from the exact moment the first novel ended. The long wait to find out Sara Molan's fate and what happens next is almost over.
5 September 2023. More Common Sense is now available to order from Amazon and major booksellers for immediate delivery. It's reduced at Amazon at present so this his your chance to find out what happens next and save money.