Working the beat amidst the remaining Victorian and pre-Victorian locations of Leicester, back in the 1970s, I developed the urge to write a book or books about what it would have been like as a Policeman in the early Victorian period, with cobbled or ash strewn streets, gas lamps, and - what research suggested - a rather sinister atmosphere.
I have now done that, and my first novel 'Jack Ketch's Puppets', the first in a series I am calling 'The Borough Boys', was self-published in 2013. This reflects the differences between rich and poor, and the abuse that was inherent in such an emerging society.
There is a vibrant mix of fictitious characters who I have created for the series, and real Leicester folk of the period, both good and bad, and the locations reflect the Leicester of the time, dark and oppressive.
The second book in the series 'Death Lurks in Cock Muck Hill', a novella, was published shortly thereafter (June 2013). This tells the tale of strife and conflict in the old Irish quarter, 'The Rookeries' surrounding Abbey Street.
Book three 'Without fear or favour' was released on 4th October 2016. This is a tale of murder and deception, and secretive organisations that threaded Queen Victoria's realm, and has elements in both Leicester and London.
A video introduction to Victorian Leicester, and to the series, is available on Youtube at
http://youtu.be/3xjSr0fIGu8, and can be accessed through my Facebook page for the series.
Several further additions to the series are underway, or in planning stage.
They say for a first novel, an author may expect to distribute 500 copies in his or her lifetime.
Apart from those I have sold through Amazon and Kindle, over 3000 copies have been downloaded in recent promotional giveaways, including 1500 for Summer 2016 holiday reading, promoting book three.
I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!!!
I am also a keen Genealogist and more recently, have taken a greater interest in Local History, and legend.
The culmination of this has been the publication of a non-fiction release, 'Leicestershire Myth & legend - in verse', which is a collection of Leicestershire Folk tales in verse, that I wrote a few years ago for folk night entertainment. This is (August 2016) #6 in Folklore on Amazon. My American friends have asked for an expanded second edition, which I am considering.
My poetry is also expanding, as are short stories, and shortly, new contemporary short stories or novellas, featuring Detective Tony Lawrence, will be hitting the shelves.
You may wish to visit my official website ... www.1455bookcompany.com
Thanks for taking the time to read about my work.