Today’s guest is Paul Trembling, author and contributor to the Alternate Voices anthology, a compilation of short stories featuring characters from the DI Frank Lyle series. Proceeds from the sales of this collection go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Welcome, Paul. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Only a little? OK, I’ll try!
I’m just a few years short of 60, and for nearly all those years I’ve been making up stories. I started before I could even write them down, and have never been able to shake the habit – though to be honest I’ve never tried! When forced to exist in the real world, I’ve worked in a lot of places as a lot of things – seaman, missionary, janitor, storeman, admin. assistant and currently a CSI.
Along the way I became a husband, a father, a dog and chicken owner. I enjoy walking, I like food, I hate DIY. I’m a Christian, and that’s the whole basis of my live and my POV on the world. But always and in everything, I’m a storyteller.
Can you tell us about your contribution to Alternate Voices?
I’m not hugely familiar with all of Juliet’s many books and characters, so I wasn’t sure at first how or where to start my contribution. After some thought, I decided to work with D.I. Andrew Redfern – Juliet had mentioned that no one had yet used him, and as he is a Christian I thought that this would give me a good character point to build on.
But I also wanted to find a setting that I was comfortable with, so I decided to bring DI Redfern into my own fictional world. Since officers often travel to other Force areas to work on cases that they are connected with, that was a viable scenario, and it also gave me the chance to bring in one of my characters, Ben Drummond. Ben is an old-school Scenes Of Crime Officer, and is renowned for his cantankerous nature, so any story with him is bound to produce some interesting personality clashes!
With these parameters established, the rest of it fell into place quite easily. A run down church gave an atmospheric setting. The death – apparently by suicide – of the Pastor, found hanging from his pulpit was a powerful image to build the story on – though in the end this was only described in the past tense. The real story, as it developed, was in the past, for the deceased person was someone known and wanted by DI Redfern’s force, which was where he came in.
Enough said – I don’t want to give too much away!
Why did you decide to participate in the anthology?
The short answer is, because Juliet asked me to! When the idea was originally being put round, I didn’t respond, as I didn’t think I’d have enough time to put something together. However, it happened that when Juliet asked me directly I found that I actually had some unexpected time off, and since it is for such a good cause, I was very happy to be able to contribute.
Just for fun, which DI Lyle book is your favourite and why?
I don’t really have any favourites, so I can’t help you with that one!
Can you give us some information about your published works and how readers can find them?
I currently have two books out in the crime genre. ‘A Pattern Of Murder’ is a collection of short stories, mostly featuring Ben Drummond. It includes the prologue from my crime novel ‘Can of Worms’ Both are written from a Scenes Of Crime (or CSI, if you prefer) point of view, and are available online both as e-books (Kindle or most other platforms) or paperbacks.
Full details of these and my other books (as well as some free reading!) are on my website –