Esther Quill is back in another adventure from The Maudlin Wives Inn series.
There's just nothing like spending time in Fishermans Rest when Esther tries to convince mourners that she's not dead, negotiate a driving lesson agreement with the DI, arrange a country fair by the seaside with the kind of attractions only Esther Quill would dream up and solve the mystery of who seems to be trying to buy up the village.
After the research that went into writing Two Old Twitchers I felt like a change. I'd been liberated somewhat by finally getting a book out and now I just wanted to write in a completely different way on a completely different subject for no reason other than because I could.
Turns out that it's a great reason to write. The first few pages took a bit of work but once I had the voice just the way I wanted it I was away and Esther Quill was born.
Charles Perrin and Tom Worthington are to this day, two of my favourite characters of all time. Finding them in my brain was a revelation and one I am very proud of even though they didn't come about easily.
It all started with an idea for a TV series I was writing which never really had a name other than a tentative one of Full Circle. That to me should have been the giveaway that this idea wouldn't fly, but in saying that, it was great practice. I wrote six episodes of it and very quickly came to the conclusion that while the premise was good something crucial was lacking. Full Circle consisted of a group of five mature women who, through their community contacts and years of life experience went about solving crimes. It was familiar and comfortable. What it wasn't was right. Then one day, doing housework I heard a word on television that stuck with me no matter what I did to shift it. Twitchers. A very odd word indeed but one that for me, worked. Suddenly I had the platform on which Full Circle would work. Full Circle would be cut up and absorbed into a whole new concept, a book about two older chaps, famous in their field and well respected, who through circumstances beyond their control, end up in a village in England's Newforest with four rather wonderful female friends. They were four of the five women characters I had loved so much from Full Circle.
So, the hard yards of rewriting and creating began all over again but this time the idea was sound and best of all, complete. I adore Charles and Tom and their dynamic, and hope that the adventures they get up to, the people they are surrounded by and the way they handle life is as enjoyable to you as it was to me.
It has been a long wait for Esther Quill. But worth it.
The Two Old Twitchers were consuming our attention when Esther invited herself into our lives and insisted we take notice.
Esther is the ultimate free spirit; a woman in her late 30s who has chosen to be free inside to the point where she transforms a whole little fishing village and the lives of the people she meets.
We look forward to giving you a sneak preview of the first three chapters sometime in the next few weeks and the book will be out in summer!
Foul fowl mystery
One of the mysteries in Two Old Twitchers: A Cuckoo In The Nest came from a real-life story I investigated when I was a radio journalist and news editor.
It began with a panicked phone call put through to my studio.