#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloo2008 / #QandAs : The Wickham Market Murder (Bloomfield & Palmer Book 1) #TheWickhamMarketMurder #BloomfieldAndPalmer – Iain Maitland @IainMaitland @SharpeBooks

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The Wickham Market Murder Book Tour Poster

Today I’m on the ‘The Wickham Market Murder’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Iain Maitland Author PhotoIain Maitland is the author of three previous psych thrillers, The Scribbler (2020), Mr Todd’s Reckoning (2019) and Sweet William (2017), all published by Contraband, an imprint of Saraband. Mr Todd’s Reckoning is coming to the big screen in 2023.
Iain is also the author of two memoirs, Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a book of letters written to his eldest son who experienced depression and anorexia, and (co-authored with Michael) Out Of The Madhouse (Jessica Kingsley, 2018).
He is also an Ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity. He talks regularly about mental health issues in schools and colleges and workplaces.
Find out more about Iain at his
Website
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Synopsis :

Iain Maitland Author PhotoSuffolk, 1907.
Wickham Market’s local constable William Palmer spends his days yearning to solve a significant case so he can earn his detective’s badge.
But Palmer is torn, because he is also in love with the school mistress Alice Kemp who doesn’t want to leave the village.
One night, the night of a dramatic storm, there is a murder. A housemaid – Evelyn Maud Roberts – is found stabbed to death at the local vicarage.
Palmer has his chance to make a name for himself.
The local doctor declares that Evelyn was six months pregnant.
And the vicar’s daughter, Charlotte Mellor, names three men who may have reason to commit murder; Walter Fisk, soon-to-be-master at the workhouse; Albert Nunn, the postman; Frederick Hawes, the slow-witted village boy in love with Evelyn.
Palmer investigates. But he only has so much time before Inspector Bloomfield – the veteran detective from Suffolk Police – arrives from Ipswich to take over the case.
And before the killer strikes again.

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve been a freelance writer all my working life; mostly articles and books and newsletters on business and finance and property. I’d always wanted to be a creative writer and got into my early 50s and decided if I don’t do it now I never will. I wrote two family memoirs, Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016) and Out Of The Madhouse with my eldest son Michael (JKP 2018). Then thrillers – Sweet William, Mr Todd’s Reckoning, The Scribbler (Contraband, 2017-20) and The Girl Downstairs (Inkubator, 2021). The Wickham Market Murder is my latest (Sharpe Books 2022).

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read all the Agatha Christies and all the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes from about ten to the age of twelve. I was a latchkey kid for much of the seventies and just devoured them one after the other. Thank goodness for the local library. The Wickham Market Murder has shades of Agatha Christie and Holmes and Watson.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
To be honest, no. I spent more than 25 years writing all across the board, including some copywriting. I felt confident I could write. I have always wanted to do my own thing and write the books I wanted to write. I don’t really look at other people’s books as I don’t want their stories, characters or phrases in my head.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Probably Mr Todd of my book, Mr Todd’s Reckoning – my ‘Norman Bates’ character. I’d like to see how he’d be with someone who knows him inside out. This book was coming to TV as a six part series starring Paul Ritter but sadly he passed away. After a while, we talked to a film company who wanted to option it but, for one reason or another, that did not happen. We are now talking to a production company about a TV series. Fingers crossed.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I walk my dog Dolly and go for a swim at the leisure centre and have a breakfast up the town before I begin work. I can’t just go upstairs to my attic room and start writing. I break up my day, emailing and talking to people, so it’s not just me at my desk nine until four when my wife Tracey comes home and I stop work. Writing can be a lonely affair. My eldest son Michael had some mental health issues and spent some time in The Priory and we are both now ambassadors for the teenange mental health charity, Stem4. I am conscious of my mental health which is generally fine.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Sometimes, they just come into my head. Other times, I will read something in a newspaper and then kind of twist and turn it into a story of my own. With The Wickham Market Murder, I’d been reading about the Peasenhall Murder – the murder of a maid, Rose Harsent, in Peasenhall in Suffolk in 1902. That gave me my starting point.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I usually have a beginning, a middle and an end. As often as not, the beginning stays the same as I start writing but the middle and the end are often different. The Wickham Market Murder is the perfect example of this. Mostly because I was conscious that Rose was a real person and may have relatives alive out there. Also, as I got into it, the story kind of took over and led me in a different direction.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I would say that you should not necessarily sign up with the first agent and the first publisher who offer to take you on. That’s really hard to do, I know. I spent 18 months being rejected by everyone and was really demoralised and desperate by the end of it. But that first agent or publisher may not be the right one for you. I’ve been through quite a few agents and publishers to get myself in the right place. You may , for example, have an agent who does not have the contacts in your niche and a publisher who is really nice but does not generate the sales you want.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’ve two sequels to The Wickham Market Murder coming with Sharpe Books – The Southwold Murders and The Cobbold Point Murder; they are out later this year. I’ve three pysch thrillers coming with Inkubator Books, starting with The Perfect Husband in July. I’m in talks to bring Mr Todd’s Reckoning to TV. I’ve a semi-autobiographical novel, The Walker, coming out next year. Busy!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Wickham Market’s local constable William Palmer spends his days yearning to solve a significant case so he can earn his detective’s badge.
But Palmer is torn, because he is also in love with the school mistress Alice Kemp who doesn’t want to leave the village.
One night, the night of a dramatic storm, there is a murder. A housemaid – Evelyn Maud Roberts – is found stabbed to death at the local vicarage.
Palmer has his chance to make a name for himself.
The local doctor declares that Evelyn was six months pregnant.
And the vicar’s daughter, Charlotte Mellor, names three men who may have reason to commit murder; Walter Fisk, soon-to-be-master at the workhouse; Albert Nunn, the postman; Frederick Hawes, the slow-witted village boy in love with Evelyn.
Palmer investigates. But he only has so much time before Inspector Bloomfield – the veteran detective from Suffolk Police – arrives from Ipswich to take over the case.
And before the killer strikes again.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Iain Maitland.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!

Een gedachte over “#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloo2008 / #QandAs : The Wickham Market Murder (Bloomfield & Palmer Book 1) #TheWickhamMarketMurder #BloomfieldAndPalmer – Iain Maitland @IainMaitland @SharpeBooks

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