Colin Garrow

Biography

Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland. He has worked in a plethora of professions including: taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. All Colin's books are available as eBooks and most are also out in paperback, too. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind, A3 Review, 1,000 Words, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. He currently lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories, poems and the occasional song.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Like most kids, I wrote stories at school, but I don’t think it was until I left school that I actually thought about writing for myself. At one point, I tried to write a sci-fi novel but didn't get very far with it, so I turned to poetry: I’d read a biography of the poet Shelley and had a bit of a mad idea that I could be like him - write tons of romantic poems and die young leaving a legacy of fantastic work. Of course, I soon gave up on the idea of dying young, but I did write a lot of poetry and began submitting it to literary magazines.

In those pre-Internet days, everything had to be done the old fashioned way - typed out on a battered old Silvereed typewriter, then posted off to await publication, fame and fortune. Of course, no-one wanted my (mostly) self-indulgent rubbish, but I kept my rejection slips for years as if they were some kind of trophy collection. Eventually I threw them away, since they were just reminders that I wasn't very good at poetry. (Admittedly, some of them were really bad - one rejection slip said “this poem doesn’t rise above its own squalor.” Nice). I'm happy to say that I did get a few poems published many years later (in 'Envoi' and 'Staple' magazines), so it's not all bad.

At university (as a mature student) I studied Drama and wrote plays. The early ones weren't great, but eventually my writing improved, though it was years later before my first full-length play made it onto an actual stage. By 1998 I’d started to write novels, or rather, one novel, and I was experimenting with short stories too. My first story was published in 2000 by Scribble Magazine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the third in my spoof Sherlock Holmes series. 'The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles' will be available on Smashwords in about three months, and features the intrepid due battling a gigantic hound, a ghostly locomotive and the world's worst villain - Hannibal Lecter. As usual, it includes manly characters, crude language and adult inclinations. It is not intended for persons of a delicate nature.
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Where to find Colin Garrow online


Where to buy in print


Series

The Watson Letters
In a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe, Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime.
The Terry Bell Mysteries
Taxi-driver Terry isn't a detective and he doesn't like dead bodies. But they keep turning up...

Death on a Dirty Afternoon

Price: $3.99 USD.
The Christie McKinnon Adventures
Christie McKinnon loves stories - especially tales of deadly deeds and despicable villainy. With her pal Donal, she can't resist a mystery, and if there's a murderer on the loose too, so much the better. What more could an eleven-year-old want?

The Hounds of Hellerby Hall

Price: $3.99 USD.

The House That Wasn't There

Price: $4.99 USD.
The Maps of Time
London, 1630. When young Tom Fennel meets architect Martin Deacon, he embarks on an adventure that takes him through the streets of the city in ways he has never dreamed....

The Architect's Apprentice

Price: $3.99 USD.

Mortlake

Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles
Series: The Watson Letters. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,470. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe. In three more adventures, the intrepid duo tackle a ghostly locomotive, journey to Dartmoor in search of a gigantic hound, and team up with bloodthirsty psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter in the hunt for a murderer. Adult humour throughout.
The Demon of Devilgate Drive
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,660. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A murder in Nightmare Alley. A missing boy. A demon on the loose. On the hunt for the elusive Jimmy Brick, 12-year-old Jeff and his pal Suzi find more than they bargained for at Harry McSpawn's pool hall. But it's a mysterious business card that gets Jeff wondering what it is that Jimmy has got himself into. Haunted by a series of nightmares, Jeff sets out to discover exactly what 's going on...
How Green Was My Lovely Big Sleep
Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
It was a classic pea-souper, thick with the stink of the Tyne and as sticky as an athlete's armpit. I wanted to go home, relax, tune into Channel 69 and open a beer, but something caught my eye through the gloom. Ordinarily, I'd have told Pussy Hideaway to go and lose herself, but I was behind with the rent...
Death on a Dirty Afternoon
Series: The Terry Bell Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,540. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Introducing a brand new murder mystery series set on England's northeast coast. When taxi driver Frank is found dead on his dining room table, ex-cabbie Terry Bell assumes his old friend died of a heart attack. But when Terry's former boss also turns up with his face bashed in, it starts to look like there's a connection.
Magic Man
Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Striving to escape the shadow of his magician father, George decides to give his own failing magic act one last go - with unexpected results.
The Watson Letters - Volume 2: Not the 39 Steps
Series: The Watson Letters. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,990. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe... In three new adventures, the intrepid duo team up with Richard Hannay to do battle with Moriarty in Edinburgh's subterranean passageways, investigate a series of murders at Cold Comfort Farm and tackle the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in Transylvania. Adult humour throughout.
A Tale for Halloween
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When two children at a Halloween party, decide to go looking for their friend in the woods, they find something they weren't expecting.
The Very Grave Digger
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When an old friend asks to meet up, lone worker Bobby wonders what she wants this time...
Shoals O' Herring
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Tired of his day job, young Stevie joins the crew of a fishing trawler - but life at sea isn't as romantic as he expects: It was November and it was cold, and I wasn’t getting along very well with the skipper. We’d only been away from port a few days, but I knew I never, ever, wanted to go to sea again.
The House That Wasn't There
Series: The Christie McKinnon Adventures, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,350. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe
There's a new trade in the city - one that deals in children. On a cold November morning in 1890's Edinburgh, Christie McKinnon and her pal Donal discover a young boy is missing from home. And he's not the only one - someone is stealing children and taking them to a mysterious house on Deadman's Lane. With an eye on a story, Christie investigates, but the house is not all it seems to be.
The Watson Letters Volume 1: Something Wicker This Way Comes
Series: The Watson Letters. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
In a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe, Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime. Based on the infamous Blog of the same name, this indecorous take on the Holmes and Watson stories pitch the detecting duo into Whitechapel, the Western Isles and the Village of the Damned. Adult humour throughout.
Girlfriend Interrupted (and Other Fictions)
Price: Free! Words: 26,510. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Colin Garrow's second collection of stories hints at the darker side of life: a dead wife comes back from the grave, a sinister agency demands a lot from its workers, an unhappy lover yearns for a way out and a cleaner finds her employers have disappeared...
Mortlake
Series: The Maps of Time, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,600. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
London, 1630. Felch is back, and this time he's determined to get what he wants - whatever happens. But Tom and his friends have other things on their minds - when one of Deacon's maps is stolen, the ancient and mysterious library of Dr Dee seems to be the one place that holds all the keys... MORTLAKE is book #2 in this epic time-slip adventure series.
Writing: Ideas and Inspirations (or How to Make Things Up)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,320. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
As most successful writers will tell you, one of the hardest things about writing is getting started. In this collection of articles, Writer, Musician, Hermit, Pie-Maker and Time-Traveller Colin Garrow explores ways of generating ideas, creating characters and developing stories. Using examples from his own stories, novels and stage plays, he'll show you what to do, what not to do...
In Line for Murder
Price: Free! Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1890s Edinburgh, Inspector Angus Robertson has a problem: Sir Charles Foggarty wants him to investigate a murder, but the wealthy landowner's story about a mysterious dead woman is missing one vital ingredient - a body.
The Silk Woman
Price: Free! Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Walking home from the pub late one night, Davey discovers something on the beach that changes his life...
The Body In The Bag
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,240. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Edinburgh, 1827. In their shabby lodging house, William Hare encourages his drinking partner William Burke to think about the future, about an easier way of making a living. When one of Hare’s lodgers dies, the scheming duo plan to take the body to the medical school where corrupt surgeon Dr Knox exchanges cash for cadavers...
Towards the Inevitability of Catastrophe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
It sounds like her, has her laughter and her pain. But it isn’t her. Or is it? This is a play about Suzy, though…not really. It’s a play about things that may, or may not have happened in her life. It’s her voice alright, the way she normally speaks. And it’s the way she moves. It’s definitely her laughter, her smile. And when she gets angry, maybe that’s real too. Or maybe not.
How the World Turns (and Other Stories)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,940. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
He thinks that when he walks, his own feet propel the earth: that his movements keep the world going round. Literally. Each stride supplies the momentum for another motion forward, the ground shifting backwards beneath him, away into the distance. Except, when he stops walking...(from 'How the World Turns')
Love Song in Sixteen Bars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Ever been in one of those relationships? You know - the ones that don't work? Whenever Shona embarks on a new relationship, she always ends up getting dumped. So when her latest one starts to hit the rocks, she decides to find out why.
The Devil's Porridge Gang
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,390. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe
(5.00 from 1 review)
1969. In a town where nothing happens, a gang of kids uncover a kidnapping plot. In the days following the excitement of the moon landings, a group of criminals plan to kidnap the son of a Government rocket engineer - but they don’t expect a gang of kids to get in the way...
The Hounds of Hellerby Hall
Series: The Christie McKinnon Adventures, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,890. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Edinburgh, 1897. Blood on the table, murder in the hall. Eleven-year-old Christie McKinnon is not happy - the editor of ‘McMurdo’s Weekly’ has once again turned down her story. But Christie determines not to give up and confronts the wily editor and offers a means of solving his dilemma. Meanwhile, Inspector Robertson investigates when a bowl of blood appears on a dining room table...
The Architect's Apprentice
Series: The Maps of Time, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,960. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
London, 1630. A boy searching for his father. A villain stealing books. Forced to work for the dubious Savidge, eleven-year-old Tom Fennel is desperate to find his father. Distrustful of what he's heard, he's sure Savidge is involved. Meanwhile, books are vanishing from architect Martin Deacon's library - books from the future.

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Colin Garrow's favorite authors on Smashwords

Arnie Lightning
Latest book: Christmas Stories. Published August 15, 2017.
Imaginative Publishing
Latest book: Short Stories. Published August 3, 2010.
Jason Helford
Latest book: Written in Hell. Published January 5, 2014.
Stuart Parker
Latest book: Heartwreck Highway. Published November 25, 2017. (3.50 from 2 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Colin Garrow

  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on Aug. 04, 2015

    I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but the title of this story grabbed my attention. I love the language and the advertising speak - it sounds so real. Great story.