Here at 221b our interest was captured by a new and most promising author; aficionados may have visited James Moffett's excellent blog where all things Holmes are covered in a refreshing and concise manner. We have been lucky enough to be granted an interview with the man of the hour himself, but first let us share this remarkable site with you; https://apalaceforthemind.wordpress.com/
Now you will be delighted to hear, James has written his first novel, The Trials of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories which can be approached individually or as separate tales. Here is the Publisher's blurb;
It is a cold London morning in 1887, and the discovery of a dead man in an abandoned house plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson into a series of eight trying cases that will test the friendship of the two companions and threaten the safety of the country itself. From a staged murder to an impossible suicide, the theft of a national document to the disappearance of an entire family, London's foremost consulting detective and his faithful companion must seek out the clues and venture into the very heart of each mystery. All the while a sinister force, lurking amid the busy streets of London, stalks their every case, testing their own mental and physical prowess; ultimately they require the assistance of their closest allies, including Mycroft Holmes and the unsophisticated Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade. Will Holmes and Watson be able to avert the approaching threat that appears to be vengefully heading straight for them?
Intrigued, to say the least we tracked down the author and here is the result of our conversings;
James, what inspired you to challenge Holmes with such a dazzling range of cases?.
The idea of 'The Trials of Sherlock Holmes' initially started as a single novel. It then occured to me to try and tackle the whole concept of a collection of short stories from a different perspective. In essence, the book can be experienced either as a single overarching case or collection of separate stories. The way it is written allows for each short story to serve as either a collection of adventure, or one of eight chapters in a series of stories that are ultimately interlinked. That provided for an interesting take on Holmes and his quest to discover the truth.
What got you writing in the first place?.
My passion for writing was in fact something of a recent spark. At a young age I was never much into reading or writing, but there was always a sense of wanting to "create" something of my own. Some six years ago I discovered how liberating and satisfying writing can be and this has led to the creation of a blog and the idea that started the journey to this book's completion.
Which writers inspire you?.
Besides Arthur Conan Doyle and J.R.R. Tolkien as inspiring authors, I much prefer going by genre or book rather than specific writers. Besides the occasional thriller novel, I'm also keen on reading biographies of historical figures, science-related arguments and fantasy stories.
Who is your favourite Actor to play Holmes and why?.
Tricky question! Without being too much of a cliche' I must admit that Jeremy Brett's interpretation is spot on. At the same time, given the modern-day alternative, Benedict Cumberbatch is as good as Brett.
Controversial!... have you any advice for aspiring writers?.
Keep on writing! It's advice I have received and advice I relay to others. Sometimes, having the drive to write something that you want others to read is strong. Yet, there are circumstances when you're not always going to feel good about what you're writing. The trick is to keep at it until you're done. Nothing beats the satisfaction you get once you've completed your own work - whether it is published or not.
We agree there... what are you working on next?.
I am currently hard at work on a long historical fantasy poem, whilst fleshing out ideas for a Sherlock Holmes novel.
We await these with interest. Thank You for talking to us.
|James Moffett (Photo Copyright: Author)|
James Moffett is a Masters graduate in Professional Writing, with a specialisation in novel and non-fiction writing. He began developing a passion for writing when contributing to his University's student magazine. His interest in the literary character of Sherlock Holmes was deep-rooted in his youth and has recently launched a blog on Arthur Conan Doyle's titular character; the aforementioned https://apalaceforthemind.wordpress.com/
James' book The Trials of Sherlock Holmes (ISBN: 9781787051355) weighs in at 220 pages and is reasonably priced at £9.99. It is published on the 13th of June, but you can guarantee a copy for yourselves by Pre-Ordering here-
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