The Story Behind “Talus and the Frozen King”

uc4mOnline literary magazine Upcoming4Me has just published my short essay The Story Behind Talus and the Frozen King. The essay provides a glimpse into the thought process I went through while planning my latest novel.

Here’s how the story begins:

“A stone-age Sherlock.” It seemed like a good idea at the time. A cute concept for a novel that would riff on the well-established conventions of the detective genre. And an opportunity to exploit the natural mismatch between our modern perceptions of what crime is, and the very different world-view of our ancient ancestors. If only I’d known how hard it was going to be …

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