My latest interview, enjoy!
Who or what inspires you in the development of your main character in your book Sir Laurence Dies?
When I was developing Sir Laurence Dies, I decided early on I needed a quirky detective because I believe those characters, with their own flaws and issues, stand above the average and are remembered for not just their brilliance, but their eccentricity too. I have always been a mystery fan and whilst I’ve read and watched a significant amount, I decided I’d begin with mystery-genre royalty. So I went straight to Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for my primary inspiration.
Doctor Pieter Straay’s personality is developed from an amalgam of the best qualities I found in Christie’s “Hercule Poirot”, Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes”. Rodney David Wingfield’s “Jack Frost”, Edgar Allen Poe’s “Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin” also contributed to the character development, as Poirot and Holmes were both, in my…
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