Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Carl Heifetz.
How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?
I first became a fan of the great detective in 1987, after my wife’s aunt bought me a very nice birthday present. It was a book entitled New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It contained new stories written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original Sherlock Holmes book, A Study on Scarlet in 1887.
What was the inspiration for your pastiche?
All of my recent pastiches have been inspired by mysterious ailments and how Sherlock Holmes is able to deduce the cause of the illness. This interest stems from my background as a registered pharmacist and as a research microbiologist.
What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?
My story is about an apparent epidemic of cyanide poisoning in several British regiments. As usual, Sherlock Holmes figures out the real cause of the deaths of regimental commanders, who did it, why, and how.
What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?
I think the readers will enjoy how Sherlock Holmes used his scientific skills to solve the cases.
Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?
My favorite story of the Canon is Sign of the Four. It is a complete story with strange people involved, mystery, romance, humor, and an exciting boat chase scene.
Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?
My favorite Sherlock Holmes related place is 221B Baker street, where it all starts.
Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?
I am not a professional writer, I am a scientist, I live in Florida.
Any upcoming projects?
I ‘m still trying to find a publisher for my science fiction novel “Adventure of the Plant Whisperer.” It involves flying saucers, alien abduction, telepathic communication with plants and sentient plants from interplanetary environs. And romance.
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