Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?!
I’m T.G. Campbell and I write crime fiction set in Victorian Era London about a group of amateur detectives called the Bow Street Society. Each civilian member of the Society has an ordinary job in addition to being a detective, e.g. an architect, artist, magician, etc. Members use the skills/knowledge from their jobs to investigate crimes. The Society’s clerk, Miss Rebecca Trent, assigns members to cases based upon these skills. Therefore, the combination of detectives changes with each new case. In addition to writing, I’ve worked for the Witness Service, a charity assisting victims and witnesses of crime through the process of giving evidence at court. I’ve also written articles for Listverse and Fresh Lifestyle Magazine. My monthly blog includes interviews with a former Metropolitan Police officer who worked at the Bow Street Police Station, and the curator of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Historic Collection.
What prompted you to pursue a career as a writer?
When I was younger I wanted to become a police detective, specifically in the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) cracking cases. I couldn’t qualify to join for health reasons, though, so resolved to write about the police instead. It started a lifelong obsession with the history of the police and policework in general.
3) Do you have any special writing habits?
I edit as I go along. This might not sound very special but most writers I’ve spoken to about this tend to finish a full first draft before they start editing. I’ve tried this method but it doesn’t work for me. I like to pick each scene apart in great detail and I can only do this by editing as I go.
When you write a new book, do you already have the whole story in mind or do you elaborate it along the way?
I write clue-puzzle style mysteries so I have to create a plan to ensure the clue trails and red herrings are clear/strong enough for my readers to have a chance to solve the mystery. As my series progresses, I also need detailed plans for the sub-plots. When it comes to how the murderer reacts to their exposure and the aftermath immediately after the solution is revealed, though, I try to leave this unplanned so it can be as much of a surprise to me as my readers.
In your opinion what is the best book you have written? What’s your favourite book ever?
As a writer, I think you tend to think of the last book you’ve finished as the best book you’ve ever written. In this regard, it would be the fourth book in my series, The Case of the Toxic Tonic. Based on reader feedback, though, the third book in the series, The Case of the Spectral Shot, has consistently had 5 star reviews/ratings so I guess it depends on how you look at it. My favourite book is probably the third one, too, as I enjoyed researching the paranormal and the Victorian attitude toward seances, etc.
How do you feel after writing a book?
I go through several stages:
1) Overwhelming relief I made it to the finishing line.
2) Overwhelming joy/pride at what I’ve achieved.
3) Feeling empty, like I’m missing something.
4) Feeling excited about the next book with loads of ideas and thoughts flying through my head.
Tell us about your latest book and please put the link so our readers can find it.
When the Bow Street Society is called upon to assist the Women’s International Maybrick Association, it’s assumed the commission will be a short-lived one. Yet, a visit to the Walmsley Hotel in London’s prestigious west end only serves to deepen the Society’s involvement. In an establishment that offers exquisite surroundings, comfortable suites, and death, the Bow Street Society must work alongside Scotland Yard to expose a cold-blooded murderer. Meanwhile, two inspectors secretly work to solve the mystery of not only Miss Rebecca Trent’s past but the creation of the Society itself… Set a month after the events of The Case of The Spectral Shot, The Case of The Toxic Tonic is the fourth instalment in the Bow Street Society Mystery series of novels. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Toxic-Tonic-Street-Society-ebook/dp/B07WYW22PT/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1I4015PSX7PXN&dchild=1&keywords=bow+street+society&qid=1598629458&sprefix=Bow+street%2Caps%2C852&sr=8-1
Do you have a new release? When? We want details.
I’ve recently released a third edition of the first book in the series, The Case of the Curious Client. I’d evolved as a writer since I first released it and wanted to bring its style and standard in line with the rest of the series. In The Case of the Curious Client, the Bow Street Society are hired by Mr Thaddeus Dorsey to locate a missing friend he knows only as ‘Palmer’ after he fails to keep a late night appointment with him. With their client’s own credibility cast into doubt mere minutes after they meet him though, the Society are forced to consider whether they’ve been sent on a wild goose chase. That is, until events take a dark turn, and the Society have to race against time to not only solve the case, but to save the very life of their client… https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Curious-Client-Street-Society/dp/B08F6CG6KY/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1I4015PSX7PXN&dchild=1&keywords=bow+street+society&qid=1598629540&sprefix=Bow+street%2Caps%2C852&sr=8-4
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