Tracking down T.G. Campbell after her escape:
Where writing crime earns you time.
The Writers' Wing is a fictional cell block where crime, thriller, mystery, horror, true crime nonfiction, and suspense authors are invited to imagine themselves as inmates while answering three questions:
Interested in becoming an inmate on the Writer's Wing?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Writers' Wing' in the subject line.
The Writers' Wing would like to welcome its next inmate, and creator, mystery author T.G. Campbell.
T.G. Campbell is the creator of The Writers’ Wing and author of the Bow Street Society books and short stories. Currently, there are two books published featuring the Society: The Case of The Curious Client and The Case of The Lonesome Lushington. A collection of short stories, titled the Bow Street Society Casebook – The Case of The Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories has also been published. She’s working on the third Bow Street Society book, and releases new Casebook short stories through her monthly newsletter, the Gaslight Gazette. For more information about the Bow Street Society, please click on the logo the very top of the page.
In addition to her Bow Street Society works and The Writers’ Wing, T.G. Campbell also writes a monthly feature for Fresh Lifestyle Magazine. She’s also made contributions to The Writers’ Lounge blog, and is in the process of creating an original trailer for The Case of The Curious Client.
Who is your cellmate, and why?
Agatha Christie is my literary idol and the person I most aspire to be like in my writing. In spite of this, though, I would choose Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be my cellmate in The Writers’ Wing. Aside from the fact he’s the creator of, arguably, the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, he was also friends with Houdini and Oscar Wilde, among others. He was also a spiritualist and campaigner for those he believed were victims of miscarriages of justice. I therefore think he’d have some fascinating stories to tell and, of course, could give his opinion of my own writing.
Which four books would you choose to pass the time with, and why?
1. The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I would choose this for the plain and simple reason that, if I’m sharing a cell with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I can discuss the stories with my cellmate. I could ask Conan Doyle about the inspiration behind Holmes—Ian Bell—and his reasons behind creating the cases he wrote about.
2. The Diary of a Murder by Lee Jackson This has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a long time but, for a multitude of reasons, I’ve not yet started it. Lee Jackson is widely considered to be an expert on Victorian London. This is in addition to being the curator of the most comprehensive resource of contemporary Victorian London sources on the internet: The Victorian Dictionary. It’s a website I go back to again and again for my research, and I’m certain his book would be an amazing read.
3. The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne Another book that I’ve yet to read but want to, The Red House Mystery was written by the creator of Winnie the Pooh. I’m intrigued to read how Milne constructs a mystery as he’s not someone I’d usually associate with this genre of fiction.
4. The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice by Wilkie Collins Having read The Moonstone while at university; I would like to read Wilkie’s other works. Namely, The Woman in White and this book. The Haunted Hotel intrigues me more as it has mystery, a potential haunting, and a potential crime. I’ve always been fascinated by hauntings, urban legends, true crime, and unsolved mysteries. I expect The Haunted Hotel will be written as elaborately as The Moonstone, though, so I’ll need to put my thinking head on to read it, no doubt!
Which one of your own literary creations would you choose to visit you, and why?
Given how many members there are in the Bow Street Society, I have plenty to choose from! The person I’d want to visit me though would have to be Mr Percival Locke. He’s an illusionist, gentleman, and master thief. He could therefore help me to break out of The Writers’ Wing, and do so with charm, sophistication, and wit.