Joining us in the studio:
In this special episode, we interview authors Charles and Caroline Todd, the mother-and-son writing team of more than 30 mystery novels featuring everyone’s favorite Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and intrepid battlefield nurse Bess Crawford.
For most of this podcast, we assume that listeners have either already read the 2Book Topeka selection A Test of Wills by Charles Todd, and we’ll warn you a few minutes in before we start talking about plot twists!
Some of the questions we asked include:
- Do you know the ending before you begin writing? How do you plan red herrings?
- In historical fiction, how do you decide when to reference something historical in passing or when to explain it a bit more?
- How is writing an amateur sleuth like your Bess Crawford series different from a writing a Scotland Yard detective?
- The title A Test of Wills is evoked thematically in many of the characters and relationships. Was that intentionally planned from the beginning or did some of those emerge in the writing process?
- Every writer I talked to about this book wants to know more about writing in collaboration: What is your process for working separately and together?
If nothing else, you will want to listen toward the end of the podcast to hear Caroline and Charles talk about their research process, which recently included the experience of flying in a WWI type bi-plane.
Read a recent interview by HUSH podcast co-host Miranda Ericsson with the bestselling mystery writers behind the Inspector Rutledge series.
Explore this interactive travel map of the locations of the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford mysteries.
Learn more about 2Book Topeka selections for Fall 2018 and upcoming selections, and be sure to visit the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery for Over There: Americans Abroad in World War I (NOV 9, 2018 – JAN 6, 2019).
HUSH Upcoming Episodes
- November 6, 2018 – Reading Around the World: Central and South America
- November 27, 2018 – 2Book Topeka: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
- December 18, 2018 – Best Books of 2018