About the Book:
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?
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When you write, do you plan the entire story beforehand or do you think things up as you go?
I do a little of both, to be honest. I have a general outline of each chapter, with a goal in mind for Barnabas and Wilfred to accomplish (what they’re going to find out, who they’ll meet, where they’re going to end up at the end of the chapter). They have to accomplish this goal, but how they get there is sort of up to them…I let the events unfold as organically as possible.
Do your characters reflect real people?
A little. Barnabas has some qualities that are a bit of a mashup of some of my very favorite people, but I like to think he’s his own person.
Do you have a writing routine? Do you write every day?
I write a few days a week. It works best if I do it first thing in the morning, before “the day” gets in the way. No matter what, though, I can always count on my cat Orangina to be sitting on my lap while I write. She’s never NOT on my lap, really!
What drew you to this genre and time period?
I love Victorian detective stories, and I love fantastical stories about mythology. If you put the two together, voila, it’s the Barnabas Tew series.
If this would be a movie, who would play Barnabas? Wilfred?
I’ve always thought that Ricky Gervais would be a brilliant Barnabas. Or maybe John Bradley (best known as Samwell Tarly on Game of Thrones). For Wilfred, maybe Mackenzie Crook or Toby Truslove?
You’ve published some short stories as well. Do you prefer writing novels or shorts?
Novels, for sure. Shorts are great (and, of course, can be written in a much shorter amount of time!) but you can really sink your teeth into a novel in a way that’s not possible with short stories. And the word limits for short stories are tough. Sometimes, when I’ve finished with a short story, I feel like I’m not ready for it to be over yet.
How long did it take you to write this book?
About nine months. Then another couple of months for editing. So nearly a year all told.
About the Author:
Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).