Sherlock Author Profile - Kevin Thornton

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Today's author profile from The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Volumes XIX to XXI (now on Kickstarter) is Kevin Thornton.


Kevin's Favourite quote from The Canon: 

"My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller." (The Boscombe Valley Mystery)


Kevin has stories in Volume XIX and XX 

This is my fifth and sixth appearances in the MX books; Previously I was in IX, XI, XIII, XVI and now XIX and XX. I have plans to be in all three of XXII, XXIII and XXIV, so I’d better get on with it.

I write Sherlock Holmes stories because I’m a fan and because I need to be pointed in a direction. I am at my most efficient when I am tasked with a writing target to aim at, hence why I like this series so much. Any comments here by the editor about the extensions I need to get my work in are scurrilous and should be taken with a dose of Epsom salts.

I have been to many places and seen many things; in Africa, the Antipodes, Europe, Asia and the Americas Working as a contractor for the Canadian Military in Kabul was a definite highlight, and the reason for my favoured quote.


Kevin's Q&A:

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

As a child in a houseful of adults

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

I normally start with a ‘what if’ type of idea, frequently involving a locked room if possible

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

That they entertain

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

This changes every week. Stirred by memories of reading the canon for the first time, it is The Red-Headed League. Unlike much of the canon this was one I couldn’t work out at the first reading, thus it is a perennial favourite.

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