Hello and thanks for dropping by.
Well, here we are, out of Lockdown 2 although we are still in strange and troubling times. As a writer of 30+ years sitting in my attic from 9 to 5 most days, it’s something I’m used to. I’ve … not … gone … mad.
These past few years, I’ve been writing thrillers and it’s strange how much of a theme ‘lockdown’ is through each of them.
In Sweet William, Raymond Orrey, a man who has been locked up in a psychiatric unit for months on end, breaks out and goes searching for his fostered child, William – he wants to re-unite with him and run away to start a new life together in the South of France.
Mr Todd’s Reckoning sees unemployed father and son, Malcolm and Adrian Todd, living in a small, cramped bungalow during one of the hottest summers on record – and it’s driving one of them insane. (Pleased to say this book has been optioned for a TV series by AbbottVision, makers of Cracker and Shameless.)
My latest thriller, The Scribbler, the first in a series of Gayther & Carrie detective novels, features a serial killer who … well, I’d best not say too much. What I can say is that The Scribbler killed a series of gay men through the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gayther and Carrie lead the LGBTQ+ Cold Cases Team in Suffolk and there’s been a new death featuring The Scribbler’s modus operandi.
So I am sitting here in my attic room now, having just finished writing 3 Bluebell Lane featuring a middle-aged man, a homeless teenage girl and a cellar. Lockdown again. Hopefully, that will come out in 2021.
For 2021, through to Easter, I’m writing something rather hush-hush – different genre, female pen name – which seems to be of interest to several publishers based on their responses to anon 10,000 words submissions by me. After that I am writing another Gayther & Carrie and a couple of Todds – so all that will keep me busy into 2022.
If you’d like to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow what I am doing writing-wise at my twitter page, twitter.com/iainmaitland
Thanks again for dropping by – please do have a look around.
15 December 2020