HUSH Podcast #129: Author Interview with Charles Todd

Show Notes

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.

HUSH hosts and guests: Miranda Ericsson, Caroline Todd, Lissa Staley and Charles Todd

Show Notes

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).

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Meet your Hosts

Every three weeks join librarian hosts Thad Hartman, Lissa Staley and Miranda Ericsson with special guests from the library and community in a new episode of HUSH.

Thad, Miranda and Lissa host the HUSH podcast

Thad, Miranda and Lissa host the HUSH podcast

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!