It is many months since I last blogged, and this will be short and sweet. This has been the most productive year of my writing life, with five books published. I have written two crime non fiction books, two whaling non fiction books and one historical crime novel.
Now I ask myself, and anybody else who cares to read this: why is there such an interest in crime?
I mean, nobody likes to be a victim of crime. It is a terrible thing to be robbed, mugged, raped or murdered, yet year after year, crime books are written by the hundred, if not the thousand and there is always a demand. Recently I attended a crime writing festival at Grantown on Spey in the Scottish Highlands. It was very busy, filled with very decent, respectable people who all had an interest in crime and crime writing. I would doubt that any of them had broken a law in their lives: always exepting motoring offences, which seems to be accepted.
Maybe it is the fascination with maybe being a rebel, just once in their lives, that attracts the interest?
My historical fiction book: A Burden Shared: the Dundee Murders was based on fact. Most of the events happened, the back story was historically accurate in everything except the date and location and the detective followed the procedure current at the time. In its own way it was a guide to mid nineteenth century policing. Was that a draw? It has received good reviews, but nobody would want to meet the criminals involved.
Or maybe we already have, for that is the thing about most crime. Although there are a number of professional career criminals out there, most crimes are petty, ugly, sordid and stupid. Petty theft; drunken brawls; breaches of the peace; speeding; silly acts of idiocy that attract no attention. It is only the few spectacular crimes that are noted; the murders of Jack the Ripper; the Great Train Robbery and the like.
Why is that? Maybe time puts a gloss of romance over these events.
Whatever it is, let us all hope that the criminals leave us in peace today and in the future. Let us hope that any crime we meet is confined to the pages of a book!