I have written in numerous genres over the years but until ‘An Unholy Way to Die’ I had not penned an historical mystery. I probably never would have done had I not attended the opening of a new bookshop in Telford Town Centre in 1998. Here I met Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) author of the famous Cadfael series.
We had a very informative chat during which she suggested that I write a mystery set in a bygone age. I thought long and hard about it and then decided to give it a go.
I settled for the Shakespearean era and set the book in Stratford-upon-Avon. It required an enormous amount of research but a year later saw publication.
I decided to launch my novel in that town so hired the town hall for an evening. In keeping with the occasion I dressed in an Elizabethan costume!
The launch was highly successful, well attended by friends and fans. It was certainly a memorable evening.
I wrote this book under the Gavin Newman pseudonym which I used for my crime & mystery fiction.
Full photo caption: Shropshire novelist Guy Smith officially launched his latest book ‘An Unholy Way To Die’ in Stratford-on-Avon. Guy, from Black Hill between Knighton and Clun, has written the novel under the pseudonym of Gavin Newman. The book launch was held in the town hall where Guy and his family and friends donned medieval costume for the signing. Guy puts quill to paper for the Mayor of Stratford Councillor Angela Colbeck.