Inside Hitchin Magazine - March 2021 - Magazine - Page 14
Stotfold resident, Paul Walker has worked in a number
of universities and, for a time, ran his own business. He
now divides his time between non-executive work for an
educational trust and writing his own brand of compelling
Paul’s trilogy of William Constable spy thrillers set in
Elizabethan England published by Sharpe Books kicked off
with State of Treason in June 2019, followed by October’s
publication of A Necessary Killing, with latter winning the
Coffee Pot Book Club Award.
Q: You have written modern-day thrillers. It must have
been quite a departure for you to travel back hundreds
of years to the first Elizabethan age to find the subject
matter for your William Constable novels.
A: First, I had to decide the period in which to set my
story. It was a toss-up between the Napoleonic wars
and Tudor England. The Tudors won out because it’s a
period full of intrigue and fascinating characters. Also,
it’s popular with readers.
Q: Do you have a set
writing routine and place
A: There’s a small building in my garden that I’ve
converted into my writing retreat. It’s a place I can get
away from children, grandchildren, pets and household
chores to concentrate on writing. Mornings tend to be
the most productive. I take a break in the afternoons
and return to review the day’s work in the evenings.
Q: What is the title of the next William Constable book and
when can we expect it?
A: I don’t have a title yet, but I’m working on it and
hope publication will be in April or May this year.
Q: Do you see yourself continuing to write historical
thrillers or would you like to tackle something more up to
A: It’s only six months since the first book was published
and I have a contract with Sharpe Books, the publisher,
for a trilogy. Sales have so far exceeded my expectations
Q: I would imagine that research was a major undertaking. and I will probably continue to write about William for
another year or two. My plans go no further than that
A: You’re right, there was a lot of research involved.
at the moment.
I’m not a historian and I know that readers don’t like
authors to play fast and loose with historical events and
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characters. The research took longer than my writing of
State of Treason.
To my mind setting a story in the past deepens a sense
of mystery and wonder. I didn’t feel constrained by the
period. On the contrary, I enjoyed exploring the streets
of sixteenth century London and bringing the dialogue,
manners and beliefs of the people there into focus on
Q: What was one of the most marked differences between
the way people behaved morally back then to the way
people behave today?
A: Life was cheap and hazardous. An average lifespan
was less than 40 years. The hero, William Constable, is
a physician and scholar.
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