I discovered Agatha Christie’s books when I was in Junior High school. Between her mysteries, Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy and Sir Arthur Conan’s Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, I was solidly on the path to becoming a life long Anglophile.
A couple years ago, I re-read as many of Christie’s books as I could find. It was like meeting an old friend at a high school reunion. My favorites are “Murder on the Orient Express” and “And Then There Were None” which was her best-selling novel. I left her book, “Curtain” for last, which seemed appropriate even though I didn’t realize it was Hercule Poirot’s last as well. Poirot is undeniably my favorite of Christie’s characters, though it was her least favorite. After watching David Suchet (who played Poirot to perfection) I then had a visual of his
First of all let me say that when I started down the road of becoming an author, I didn’t have any connections to anyone in the writing business. I began with an urge to write that became an idea for a story and a hope that
Regardless of genre, every story must have a reason for its existence. If I have a British pound for every time I’ve heard people sneer about romances, I’d be very rich indeed! But these days romance covers almost every other genre that’s ever been devised. And many romances are edge of the seat type stories, so the original reason for romance. While I prefer stories with a HEA (happy-ever-after), the must-have HEA isn’t always guaranteed anymore. The romance genre has grown up; become far more gritty, and dare I say it, far more realistic. Errors of fact, even in Sci Fi, and how hard is it to pin down fact in an illusional setting, must reflect a believable kind of accuracy to pull today’s discerning reader in.
In the background of every story there is a season. The reference may be minimal, but it is there. The character may be wrapped up against the bite of a howling wind, of stripped to the waist in the heat of the summer. They may walk through the falling leaves that leave a golden carpet on the surface of the path, or stop long enough to see the
For those readers who would rather listen to a good book, mine is now available in audio format on Amazon. Kudos to narrator, Mary Conway for making Charlie’s story come alive! You can listen to a short snippet before you buy by clicking here http://goo.gl/wo14Nl