Having now read two of his bestselling books, I'm very pleased to welcome the Genealogical Detective, Steve Robinson, to my blog. Whether he thinks he's a genealogical detective or not, is one of the questions I put to him...
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About Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson was born in coastal Kent, UK, and now lives near London on the Essex/Hertfordshire border. His passion for writing began at the age of sixteen when he was first published in a computer adventure magazine and he has been writing by way of a creative hobby ever since. When a career in telecommunications ended in redundancy he began to write full time. His debut novel In the Blood was the result, with To the Grave following a year later.
I write for the crime, mystery and thriller genres with a family history angle, having become interested in genealogy as a means to tell the story of 'In the Blood' and perhaps because at the time I had no idea who my maternal grandfather was, which is something that has always intrigued me. He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War. A few years after the war ended, he went back to America, leaving a young family behind, and to my knowledge no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas, but until recently that was all I knew. Perhaps this is why my lead character is an American genealogist. In August 2012, following correspondence with an amateur genealogist in Maine, New England, who wrote to me about my books, I learnt more about my maternal grandfather and my wider American family. I hope to share that story on my websitesomeday.
Steve's latest book - a Jefferson Tate genealogical mystery
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HISTORY: from the Greek - historia. Knowledge acquired by 'investigation'.
It should have been a quiet weekend in London - a long overdue visit with the only true friend American genealogist Jefferson Tayte ever had. Now his friend lies bleeding in his arms and Tayte must follow his research to understand why, making him the target of a ruthless, politically motivated killer.
Working with historian Professor Jean Summer and New Scotland Yard on what becomes a matter of British national security, Tayte soon finds himself in a race to solve a three-hundred-year-old genealogical puzzle. It takes them all on a deadly, high stakes chase across London as Tayte tries to connect the pieces and work out the motive behind a series of killings that spans twenty years.
In what is Tayte's most personal assignment to date, 'The Last Queen of England' combines historic fact with fiction, challenging British history as we understand it. It uncovers a conspiracy that if proved could ultimately threaten an institution that has lasted more than a thousand years: the British monarchy.
Nullius in Verba: take no one's word for it.
Interview with Steve Robinson
Welcome, Steve! I first heard of your books because my husband had bought and read them all so then I had to read them too. I didn't realise at that stage that I'd be lucky enough to interrogate you on my blog. As far as I know, you invented the genre of genealogical whodunit, which is pretty impressive these days, when everything seems to have been done before. Why do you think so many people are interested in climbing their family tree?
Your main character, the likeably paunchy and flawed Jefferson Tate, fondly known as JT, is an American genealogical detective and the details of his work are very precise. Are you a genealogical detective yourself?
I felt you really knew the Cornwall location in ‘In the Blood’. How important is setting to you?
Which services, if any, do you out-source? Jacket design? Print book creation? Formatting?
How long do you take to write a book and what stages does it go through?
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned when creating your books?
I believe that you’re a keen photographer. What gear do you have? What do you enjoy about photography?
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