A jolly good question arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago, and 'twas this - why do I write the tvdetective books in a sparse and factual style?
The answer - and prepare yourself for a shock here - is that it's no accident of chance, but actually planned and intended. Stop laughing, it is I tell you! I do occasionally, sometimes, just now and then come somewhere close to having a deliberate plan for some parts of this curious phenomenon called life.
The reason is straightforward, perhaps even (ready for another shock?) logical. I thought as I was writing about a journalist, it would be appropriate to pen the things in a journalistic type style.
Clever huh? Hey, what're you looking like that for?! Oh, ok then, I'll just keep rambling...
First aside here (took a while coming, not bad for me) - journalistic "style" it may be, but hopefully without all the cliches of this disreputable trade that you know and hate so well. "The battle's being stepped up (translation; nothing much is happening)... furious row erupted (a mild disagreement) ... only time will tell (I can't think of anything else to write to end this report) etc etc.
Anyway, it also helps me in that the old hack's way of writing is that which I've grown up with, and so it's like putting on a familar and friendly T-shirt. I do sometimes slip into the odd bit of florid writing, but it's not really me - I'm a boy, after all.
Do keep the questions coming in, I always enjoy hearing from readers. You can get in touch via the contact page of the site - www.thetvdetective.com/contact.html
Final couple of things to mention here (in a sparse and factual style, naturally). Many thanks to the kind folk of Weymouth who ventured out in the autumnal typhoon to see me at the library last week. It was a pleasure talking to you again.
And if you're up for some early Xmas shopping, there's a book fair in the fine Devon town of Chudleigh on Wednesday evening (2nd Nov) where I shall be appearing and touting my "literary" wares, with a signed dedication for anyone of your Xmas choice. What mere mortal could resist?
And, of course, on the theme of questions, there are some which are better left unanswered..