When messages of death are sent and two bodies are found on two different Norfolk beaches Inspector Campbell and his team find themselves unravelling a complex case.
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Pamela St Abbs lived in Norfolk most of her life. She has always loved Scotland and has now lived there for over ten years. She is married with a grown up daughter and son.
The first Inspector Campbell mystery, Smoke Shadows, was inspired by the scenery Pamela was surrounded by while she was growing up. Water Weal grew from working on the Fens of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Twisting Tide is the third book in the series and features the sandbanks and mud flats of the Wash. She loves to write detective fiction with tense, interesting plots.
Shifting Sands, the fourth Inspector Campbell Mystery is out now in paperback and kindle edition. The wonderful North Norfolk coastline was the background for this tale of duplicity and tenacity.
Pamela St Abbs and Mary Bale are one writer. Her Anglo-Norman crime novel, Threads of Treason, is written under the name of Mary Bale. This has been published by Pen and Sword Books.
Pamela St Abbs has also published on kindle a small collection of short stories, A Short Journey to St Abbs, which includes an Inspector Campbell story and a story which was a runner up in a competition judged by Ruth Rendell. She also has written a children’s book Hesty Bunny New Home under the name of Pammy Bale https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0063KJC78/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The Norfolk accent frequently uses “hint” instead of “hasn’t” and this is used from time to time in the speach of some of the people in the Inspector Campbell mysteries to give a feeling for their locality. she also paints the front cover images that are used on the Inspector Campbell series
1. How did you get started writing?
It was a gradual development from drawing and painting. I started adding words to pictures, then drawing cartoons, and it soon spilled in to stories.
2. What drew you to write a novel
The library used to supply my reading addiction. After some years I read a book that made me feel I could make a decent go at writing one myself. It turned out far more tricky than I expected. So I undertook a variety of courses and developed the books by reading them at Writers’ Circle meetings.
3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
Although he writes in a completely different genre, the way John Le Carre develops intrigue and his characters in his spy stories is compelling. Ruth Rendell and P.D. James were two fabulous people and two amazing writers. They dominated British Crime writing for over 20 years. Gnaio Marsh is a great Golden Age author. Her descriptions fill her novels with atmosphere.
4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
It was nearly impossible to get publisher’s interest. Macmillan showed some early interest with the first Inspector Campbell Mystery, Smoke Shadows and put me in touch with an agent. Unfortunately this didn’t work out. It was when Kindle came on the scene and I put my then 3 Inspector Campbell Mysteries on and my “Threads of Treason” written under the pen name Mary Bale, a publisher made an approach for this book and it was consequently published.
5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?
My favourite character at the moment is Barbs, the landlady at the Gull Inn in Shifting Sands
6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novel?
Shifting Sands is the fourth Inspector Campbell Mystery and a lot of the groundwork has been developed through the previous books. Norfolk is the place where I grew up. Story lines are developed from all sorts of routes from life and lines of enquiry that catch my interest. Legal procedures come within my professional background. And it is amazing how much can be found out on the internet.
7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
The characters in all the stories just pop into my head. They must generate somewhere in my brain from a character soup made from all the people I meet.
8. Do you have a particular favourite scene in the book and why
I love being next to the sea so I like all the beach scenes, particularly the meeting of Georgia Lomond and Bradley Yorkman.
9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
Yes, a little bit of me must be in all my characters; although the characters seem to develop without conscious input from me.
10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you might have planned.
The next Inspector Campbell Mystery may well deal in some way with the problems in his past that have been building up for him during the first 4 books.
11. If you had the opportunity to write a novel with any writer alive or dead, who would it be and why
Writing a novel is a totally individual creative activity for me. Also, it would be difficult to balance ideas with another person.
12. Do you have words of advice you can share with anyone who is interested in writing a novel
Only start writing if you are driven by an internal desire. It will be a long process which will draw on all your intellect, emotions and energy but may give huge fulfilment for the writer.
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