My name is Sherlock. Not kidding, it's my real name. Actually it's my family name. I come from the Sherlock family. And when I was a boy, I was told by everyone I met at school, that my name was shared by a famous character from the 1800s, Sherlock Holmes.
Now, when I was growing up I discovered Dr.Who and started reading the related books. This passion for reading and stories led me to University and I became a writer. One day I finally realised, Dr.Who is really Sherlock Holmes pastiched with aliens, monsters, ghouls and time travel.
Well, I recently learnt that Holmes was out of copyright. I've been teaching for many years and I know it's hard to get kids to read. I remembered those Dr.Who books that got me hooked and led to my literature studies at University. And so I decided to write a series of brief novels about Sherlock Holmes becoming a time-space traveller like Dr.Who.
Just last week, I was asked by someone from a local school if my books might be good to help get young readers into reading. I was thrilled to be asked. If I can, I may be visiting the school to talk to the students about reading and writing and my books.
I believe Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate Victorian hero figure and taking him into other realms is a very steam-punk idea. So it is a thrill to think my books might just get youngster to take an interest in this genre.