A NOVEL SITE
All my crime novels are set in the market town of Frodsham in Cheshire a place that still retains a lot of history. Although Frodsham is now a small town it continues to have the atmosphere of a large village. A centuries old weekly market is held on a Thursday of each week. Visitors flock in each week to enjoy the bargains and visit the quaint team shops.
I’m often asked why I use Frodsham as the settings to each novel I write. All I can say, is that the town and its people are unique, and provide loads of material for a novel writer with an active imagination.
CRIME & REVENGE
My books are usually about serial killers and the theme is always REVENGE. Here I must point out, the dark subject matter is not a reflection up on the residents of Frodsham. In fact, when I began writing my first novel UNHOLY REVENGE, I wanted to portray a sleepy, tranquil place. My aim was to use a quiet setting so that the murders and ‘going on’ within the town would emphasise the horror of knowing a serial killer could be living next door!
NOVEL WRITING FUN
I thought it would be fun setting my killer loose within a place I knew so well. Where possible I’ve tried to keep to the geography of the town, but to make the story more interesting and not step on anyone’s toes, I’ve been a little easy with my imagination. For example, I make the reader believe Frodsham has a big Police Station with teams of crime investigating officers. It hasn’t. The nearest police station for any high-level crime is either Runcorn – about 6 miles away or Chester which is 9 miles away.
DEATH BY REVENGE.
When I was contemplating writing my second book after the success of UNHOLY REVENGE, I decided to use the same setting. This also helped in working out who my main characters would be. I already had a well-established imaginary team of detectives, so writing that novel became a little easier. All I needed to do was sort out the story-line and pick a few good crime scenes within the Frodsham area. One place I picked for DEATH BY REVENGE is the Frodsham caves. They have a certain spookiness about them and I thought they’d make a perfect ‘body dump’ site for my novel.
FRODSHAM CAVES – A FINE SITE FOR A NERVE CHILLING BOOK
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