I’m Ian Honeysett and I write historical crime fiction with an old college friend, Pete Stevens, with whom I wrote a number of comedy reviews when we were students at the Kent College for the Careers Service. Pete tells me we agreed that, when we retired, we would write books together. And that is what we have done. We share a love of history and murder (purely theoretical of course). Together we have written 4 historical novels set during the French Revolution and I’ve written a free novella (The Odd Fellow). I am also part of Godalming Writers' Group, based in my home-town of Godalming (Surrey, England) which has produced 2 books of short stories: Godalming Tales 1 & 2.
I am married to Jan. We have 3 children and live in Godalming, Surrey. My interests include travelling (well, I am retired), running quizzes, military history, parish work, editing a newsletter for laryngectomees, painting and playing the ukulele.
You co-write with Peter Stevens, an old college-friend. How does that work?
We try to agree the outline of the plot and who will write which chapters and then amend them. And then amend the amendments. And so on till we are happy with the outcome! This can take some time. And quite a few lunches. But we try to avoid undue violence (at least between ourselves).
What has inspired you to write historical fiction?
We both love history. And crime. And writing. So historical fiction seemed to fit the bill. When we wondered which period to research, we found that the French Revolution had not inspired very much in the way of crime fiction. We wanted to mix our three fictional lead characters, Inspector Rouget Maison, Abbe Pierre Reynard and Christine Gilbert with real figures such as Georges Danton and Camille Desmoulins.
Published: June 22, 2019.
Fiction » Historical » General
Against the tumultuous background of events such as the Storming of the Bastille and the Women’s March on Versailles, three very different people – an ambitious Police Inspector, a dedicated but flawed priest and a young woman coming of age in a fast-changing world - are thrown together to struggle against time and a ruthless hidden enemy to solve an increasingly baffling series of murders.