Barrhead author Chris Brookmyre is offering crime fiction fans the chance to star in the pages of his next book.

He is taking part in the Get in Character campaign for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children.

The acclaimed author, whose hit novels include Black Widow and Boiling a Frog, will give fans the chance to name a character in his next book, with the prize going to the highest bidder.

Get in Character is a seven-day eBay auction which runs until Sunday, March 4.

Chris said: “I’m thrilled to be involved for the second year running for such a worthy cause as CLIC Sargent.

“Everybody wins in this event. The auction winner gets their name in a book and, frequently, that name has a better resonance with the character than the one I would have come up with.”

More than 50 authors are taking part in this year’s campaign, with character names up for grabs from internationally-acclaimed thriller writer Peter James and crime writer Elly Griffiths.

The campaign also offers one lucky applicant the chance to win a signed War Horse book from Michael Morpurgo, along with a live experience in London.

Signed books are also available from Graham Norton, Ian Rankin, Clare Balding and Lee Child, as well as signed one-off illustrations from Axel Scheffler, who illustrates The Gruffalo.

Clare Cox, of CLIC Sargent, said: “If you are a bookworm or know someone who is, then don’t miss this unique opportunity to have your name immortalised in your favourite author’s book.

“We are hugely grateful for the support of these authors, who are giving their fans a fantastic opportunity to become part of one of their stories while also raising vital funds to help CLIC Sargent.”

For the chance to feature in the next book written by Chris, place your bid online at between now and Sunday.