I am Alex Retter, an author living, working, and being inspired by Cheltenham, England.
My current work is the ongoing series: Tristan Merryweather, Cheltenham's Finest Supernatural Detective. These are the whimsical tales of the eponymous hero, a foppish dandy whose knowledge of British folklore and its creatures is largely unparalleled (within a five mile radius of his flat, at least).
The series is ongoing, and currently includes the first story: The Brag of Gold. The second: A Miner Dispute, and the third: A Salisbury Night-Hare, are coming soon!
Outside of Tristan, who I am currently enamoured by, I write high-fantasy, having completed a series of novels. These may one day see the light of day, but for now my arrogant dandy is my main focus.
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of eight. I embarked on an epic fantasy series which was, naturally, entirely a ripoff of my then obession; Final Fantasy. I moved onto drawing through my teens, before returning to writing in my early twenties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Tristan Merryweather is an amalgamation of several different sources of inspiration. His hometown of Cheltenham is based on my own. A peculiar place, Cheltenham is a middle-class town of Regency architecture and curious characters who seem to come from all walks of life. Tristan, being a slightly pretentious dandy, would find in here quite easily. The decision to make his stories a series of shorts is in order to explore as many different investigations as possible, while also demonstrating the exact circumstances which have led Tristan to being where, and who, he is.
Tristan Merryweather, Cheltenham's finest detective of all things supernatural, is in a spot of bother. Without a hint of any paranormal going-ons for months, he finds himself without stimulation, reason to celebrate, or his trusty housekeeper. So when a champion horse breeder recruits him to solve the mystery of a phantom horse, Tristan has no choice but to leap at the opportunity.