Author Michael Fowler on inspiration for his new novel

Author Michael Fowler on inspiration for his new novel

By Admin | 22/05/2022

Author Michael Fowler on inspiration for his new novel


A CHANCE encounter prompted a prolific author of detective novels to branch out into focusing on a new type of protagonist.

Swinton-based author Michael Fowler is best known for penning the DS Hunter Kerr thrillers.

But the retired police detective revealed a chat at a charity function with a forensic psychiatrist at a secure unit had “fired up my imagination” and sparked the beginnings of a new series.

A headstone in Michael’s local churchyard inspired the lead character’s name, and Dr Hamlet Mottrell was born.

Mottrell, a forensic psychologist once wrongly accused of murder, takes centre stage in the hunt for a killer after learning of a surprisingly similar case to the one which brought him under suspicion.

In harness with long-time contact and detective Alix Rainbow, Mottrell is soon on the tail of the murderer — with plenty of twists to come.

Assistance from a friend gave Michael an atmospheric setting for key scenes in the first book in the series, See Them Die.

Some woodland the friend had bought turned out to include a burial shrine with a 4,000-year history, the foundations of a Roman smallholding, and a shelter which provided Mottrell’s home.

Modern technology brought inspiration for the author, too, as a digital app using advanced graphics also plays its part.

Michael said: “I began the series before lockdown as I had a new a book deal and then various things happened over the space of a few months which totally changed my plot and where Hamlet was going to live.

“Being shown the app changed the plotline more than anything.”

He added: “The first book was about 18 months in the making and there were a lot of changes — it was written in the first person to begin with.

“It took six months for the second book and now I’m onto the third.”

Michael said he was enjoying the change of direction, adding: “I was getting a bit stale after doing eight books for the first series.

“I wanted to find some fresh impetus and switching to psychology gave me that edge.

“I’m pleased with the reviews that the first book has been getting.”

See Them Die is out now, published by Sapere Books as an ebook and paperback, and will be followed in July by The Wedding Planner, the second book in the series, with a third instalment to come in the winter.


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