The stories in the Inspector West series are a blending of crime and romance stories.
You might wonder why anyone would write crime stories with a love story theme.
As a Science and Maths student doing the compulsory English subject, I didn’t become a serious reader of fiction until after I had left school. That’s when I discovered I liked reading – when I didn’t have to write a critical essay on the book to satisfy some English teacher. Once I was free of all those school-based expectations and prescribed reading lists, I started to read for enjoyment, as well as for learning.
I’ve been a reader ever since….and in my case we’re talking around forty-five years of reading. I’m writing this in my shed (or should I say library?) surrounded by several thousand books – and that’s not counting the hundreds of ebooks on my devices. Maybe I should confess to being addicted to reading.
I read a lot of book across several genres but I like mystery stories, especially murder mysteries – that scientific bent showing up trying to solve the riddle and work who did it before all is revealed. In recent years I’ve been reading Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Louise Penny and Michael Robotham to name a few.
As a regular reader of this blog, you’d also know I’m interested in personal growth and development, and development of that inner awareness that enables the journey. I’m also interested in relationships because each of us lives within all kinds of relationships, so there are books by Deepak Chopra, Richard Rohr, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden and quite a few others on my bookshelves.
Bob Baker, one of my marketing mentors, claims that we write stories to educate, to entertain and to inspire.
I’m aiming to meet those lofty goals through exploring the lives of people entangled in the events of a crime.
Basically, I use the crime story as a framework around which to weave the stories of the people involved – the people committing the crime, the police officers trying to solve the crime and apprehend the killer (usually), and the people impacted by the crime, including the victim. They’re stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, with a touch of suspense or mystery thrown in.
In a lot of crime stories, the detective is larger than life. Think Inspector Rebus or Harry Hole.
Inspector West isn’t one of those guys. He’s an ordinary guy with the same sort of relationship issues you and I might have, and he has his own love story, which you can read more about in The Holiday – a bit later in the year.
In After, I examine the relationships of the husband of the victim. I was intrigued by what it would be like not only having to deal with your wife being killed but also having to cope with the unravelling of the facade of your relationship. I thought going down that rabbit hole might be a little more interesting than just doing the crime story on its own.
Mind you, writing the crime stories so that readers want to find out who did it, and why, is a lot of fun.
Leave a comment to let us know what you think about this blend of stories.