Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler retrace the steps of pirates as they uncover a conspiracy at the heart of Florida’s islands. Death threats and gangsters are not enough to stop the pair as they meet new friends and enemies while seeking pirate treasure and preserving law and order.
Amy Thomas is one of the Baker Street Babes, the world’s most popular Sherlock Holmes podcast. The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty is Amy’s fourth Holmes and Adler novel – The Detective and The Woman, and The Detective and The Woman and the Winking Tree, and The Detective and The Woman and The Silent Hive have sold worldwide with wonderful reviews with the first book available in audio format as well.
I hope you enjoy this interview.
1.When and where do you prefer to write?
I work as a proofreader and editor, so I often write in the evening when I’m finished with other projects. I usually write at home, but sometimes I go to a coffee shop for a change of scenery. It’s a cliche but it really works to clear the mental cobwebs.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
I usually type, but sometimes if I’m trying to find the perfect wording, I start by writing a section on paper, and then I transfer it to my laptop. Something about paper gives me a fresh creative perspective. I write in pencil. Somehow the impermanence of being able to erase and rewrite gives me confidence.
3.Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I’m a hot drink aficionado. I love a good cup of Earl Grey tea to get the creative juices flowing.
4. What is your favourite book?
Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes, I’m working on a fantasy novel.
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Rarely in the specific sense, but in the general sense, what I observe in people becomes aspects of my characters and helps them to be more realistic.
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I always have something like a Field Notes notebook with me in case I want to jot something down.
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
I can’t think of one. I can get into almost anything if it’s written in an engaging way.
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’ve actually just submitted my part of a manuscript that will also feature my dear friend author Lyndsay Faye, whose work I hugely admire. I was delighted to have a chance to feature with her.
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I haven’t been to England in a few years, and I would like to go back and retrace Sherlock Holmes’s
steps. Reading the original stories is one thing, but there’s nothing like being there in person and walking where he walked.
Thank you, Amy Thomas and Bits about Books.
About the author
Amy Thomas is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster from south Florida.
In addition to her Sherlock Holmes novels, her nonfiction essays have been published in About Sixty: Why Every Holmes Story is the Best, Femme Friday: Celebrating Women in Sherlock Holmes Canon and Transformative Works, and other anthologies. Additionally, her short fiction and poetry have been featured in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
As a member of the Baker Street Babes Podcast, an all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans, dedicated to approach the fandom from a feminine point of view, Amy has served as a panellist for 221b Con and had the honour of being a finalist in the Podcaster category of the Shorty Awards.
She hones her crime writing acumen as a legal proofreader and connects with her readers via her blog, Girl Meets Sherlock.
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