My father taught me to read when I was about four. After breakfast, he would open the Sunday paper and I clambered into his lap to take a closer look at the headlines and photos. He told me what the stories were about and it wasn’t long before I recognised words and what they meant.
From here, and with help at school, I moved onto books.
When I was eight, my father suffered a heart attack and died. This felt so unfair. The person who’d taught me to read, who’d encouraged me to lose myself in books had gone. A sense of injustice burned inside me. He wasn’t there to support and advise my when I began to write in my teenage years.
My interest in crime started with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, shortly followed by Agatha Christie, Poirot, in Murder on the Orient Express. These authors fuelled my love of puzzles and mysteries and stirred me to write my first murder mystery novel at the age of 17.
While I never lost my love of reading or murder mysteries, my writing took a back seat as marriage and making a home took priority. The urge to write a complex and baffling whodunit returned when Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple appeared on TV in the late 1980s.
Kent Fisher began to take shape, but it wasn’t until I wrote my first blog, entitled Radio Star, that he came alive. The local radio station wanted to interview me about the new ban on smoking in public. I wrote a humorous blog to capture the moment. Aware that a blog bearing my name might cause problems at work, I let Kent Fisher recount my experience and Fisher’s Fables was created.
Over the next few years, Fisher’s Fables developed a life of its own, filled with humour and characters from the first two Kent Fisher novels I’d written. Finally I’d found my author voice, transforming the novels.
No Accident, was published by a US publisher in June 2016. The long journey that started with Arthur Conan Doyle had finally ended with a new amateur sleuth to entertain readers.
Solving a Murder – a short video on how I came to write murder mystery novels.
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“No Love Lost is an absolute cracker of a book that deserves a wide audience. I found it hugely exciting, cleverly plotted and very entertaining.” Linda’s Book Bag, 2020.
“I must commend Robert Crouch for the way he is developing this hugely engaging series.” Hair Past A Freckle.