ROY DIMOND: I DID AN ENORMOUS RESEARCH FOR SILENCE AND CIRCUMSTANCES
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Roy Dimond’s next book Silence and Circumstances was published on March 23. The novel is featuring the famous crime writer Agatha Christie and her disappearing. It’s a pleasure once again to welcome our friend Roy Dimond. If you didn’t read his previous interview with him, you may correct right away the omission. But first check it out what he has to say for the fresh release.
– Roy, what will the readers find inside, Silence and Circumstances?
– First please allow me to say thank you again for interviewing me. It is great to talk with you again. Silence and Circumstance is the fictional account of the real life event in 1926 when Agatha Christie went missing. For 11 days all of England searched for the most famous mystery writer in the world. Sixteen thousand police searched, while planes scoured the countryside, and barges dredged canals, in fear of finding her lifeless body. It was quite likely the most famous story of the decade and virtually every person in England was asked to scour their backyards. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers also joined in the search. Rumours spread that Mrs. Christie had run away from a bad marriage, had a nervous breakdown, was kidnapped or worse, and even that her disappearance was a publicity stunt.
I have chosen to write a fictional account from the perspective of her governess, Charlotte Fisher, describing what may have happened. Clues guide the characters on a journey that includes the Orient Express, Istanbul, and the Blue Train while many of the rich and famous of the English elite join in trying to answer one question. Where is Agatha Christie?
– What kind of research did you do around the novel?
– I did an enormous amount of research trying to do right by such a famous author. From trying to get the title, Silence and Circumstance just right, to introducing the characters in order of appearance with a little summary as Agatha often did, to penning a story worthy of the characters. The best part of writing for me is the research, so I take pride in getting the details correct. In Silence and Circumstance there are two main threads. One where the governess searches for her employer, Agatha Christie, and the other where, Sir Doyle follows clues left behind in search for Agatha’s missing diary.
The real search however is to find out if Agatha Christie is a pawn or the puppet-master?
– Why did you decide to write about Agatha Christie and how many of her books did you read?
I loved the idea of writing a mystery novel about a mystery writer. So I chose one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. I had considered Arthur Conan Doyle, but when my research revealed that he had actually participated in the search for Agatha the decision was easy, I could have both iconic writers in the same novel.
I have read probably 90% of Agatha’s books and considering how prolific she was that is saying a lot. Nothing would please me more than inspiring others to search out her great writing. My advice, read either her book or my own, Silence and Circumstance on a cold stormy night for the best effect.