Here’s how it works: Last week, Brenda Hendricks answered a series of questions about her book on her blog (check out her answers at http://myquotesofencouragement.com/). She then passed the baton to me, so I am answering the same questions (below) about my latest work-in-progress, the sequel to The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy, which I have entitled The Case of the Boomerang Body.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historic?
The name of my main character is Thomas Watson, the only son of Dr. John Watson, sidekick to the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. So he obviously is fictional, but the setting and some of the other characters are historical, as you will see in my answer to the second question.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set in Philadelphia in the 1920s, just as in my previous novel.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Thomas left London a few years earlier to become a newspaper reporter in Philadelphia — and to escape from under the twin shadows of his famous father, and his even more famous friend. In the first novel, his father has died, and Thomas is saddled with the responsibility for Sherlock’s elder — and smarter — brother, Mycroft.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Thomas goes to a lonely spot on Forbidden Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to meet with banker Nicholas Wolfe, and finds him dead. He reports it to the police, but when they return to the spot, the body has disappeared. Thomas returns to the newspaper office to write up the story, but then Nicholas Wolfe shows up — alive — and accuses Thomas of perpetrating a hoax to get a front-page story. Thomas is fired, and his reputation is destroyed.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
His goal, not surprisingly, is to clear up the mystery of the “resurrected” Nick Wolfe, restore his reputation and get his job back. Mycroft, with his laid-back but brilliant sleuthing ability, assists Thomas in untangling the problem.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
As I mentioned, the working title is The Case of the Boomerang Body, and I will have a website about it available soon.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I am furiously working to complete it with the hope that my publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, can get it in print in late 2015.
And now, to continue the blog hop, it is my privilege to pass the baton to Hope Flinchbaugh. Hop on over to her blog next Tuesday at www.liftjesuscross.com, and learn about her work-in-progress, with the main character lifting Jesus’ cross in China. After that, hop on over to Michelle Baker′s blog, www.soldiersheartnovel.com, and find out about her Civil War-era story, Soldier′s Heart.