While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!
And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe. Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.
When and where do you prefer to write?
During the week, I usually start my writing as soon as I get home from work. On the weekends my writing day starts between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. I usually write at the dining room table, but in the warmer months I go out on our deck and write in the warmth and sunshine.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
I prefer peace and quiet, but that doesn’t always mean I get it. We have a busy house. Our son is in college but living at home, and our daughter has Down Syndrome, so over the years I’ve learned to tune out hustle and bustle of homelife while I’m writing.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
As a writer you have to wear many hats, becoming the protagonist and antagonist of each story you write, so I suppose I wouldn’t mind either. However, if pressed, I’d probably prefer to be the good one.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Edgar Allan Poe. I’d like to find out what exactly happened to him before he died so mysteriously.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Usually sprawled out on our couch or out on our deck. If it’s a book I absolutely cannot put down, you can find me reading just about anywhere.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
We have a park, a large peninsula that juts out from the southern shore of Lake Erie called Presque Isle. As long as there is no snow on the ground and I’m not writing, you can usually find me and the family there walking the trails and beaches.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
A sense of pride. A sense of accomplishment. Then, usually a little bit of worry about sharing it with the public. I think many if not all writers, to some extent, have a bit of fear of letting others see their finished product. We can be our own worst critic at times.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I’ll be honest, of all the parts of the writing process coming up with a title is the hardest part for me. You would think that would be the easy part, but for me it’s the most daunting. Most times, I’ll use a phrase or an attribute of the story and use that as my title. It’s the one aspect of my writing that I wish I was better at.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
If coming up with a title is the hardest part for me, doing the cover is one of the most enjoyable. With my Sherlock Holmes stories there are a lot of images out there to choose from. Same with my gothic horror stories. There are a lot of images out there to choose from. Picking the right one to fit the book might sometimes be a challenge, but that’s part of the fun.
About the Author
William Todd has been writing for over 20 years, primarily gothic horror stories in the style of Lovecraft, Poe, and Shelley. Loving all things Victorian, he was inspired to read (and later to write) by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The first book he ever read cover to cover was Hound of the Baskervilles, which also fed his appetite for horror. William Todd has written two short story compilations of gothic horror, Dead of Night and Beyond the Gossamer Veil and one sci-fi/horror hybrid genre Something Wicked This Way Comes.
He has also written multiple Sherlock Holmes pastiches, Murder in Keswick, A Reflection of Evil, Mystery of the Broken Window, and Elementary—a short story compilation. Two of his short stories were part of MX Publishing’s New Sherlock Holmes Stories with proceeds going to a charity for special needs children housed in Undershaw, the very home Conan Doyle penned Hound of the Baskervilles.
Writing for the books was a special privilege because his daughter, Alina, has Down Syndrome. In 2022, he just finished his first YA/historical novel The Fall of the Hermit King, which is under review for publication, and in the meantime has started yet another Sherlock Holmes compilation.
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