Hello and thanks for dropping by.
Well, here we are, Lockdown 2, and still in strange and troubling times for so many people. 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. I’m doing various on-spec bits and bobs to Christmas. After that, for 2021, I’m hoping to write a Todd sequel featuring some of the characters in Mr Todd’s Reckoning and a Gayther & Carrie sequel; The Key Man. A little bit of telly too, all being well.
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.
4 November 2020