Have you met the author Randy Williams? He is the author of Sherlock Holmes And The Autumn of Terror.
Let's take a moment to explore his book a bit~
Would Sherlock Homes be able to catch Jack the Ripper?
Everyone knows the name of Sherlock Holmes -- the fictional detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle with his superhuman powers of observation and unbeatable methodology for solving crimes. But could his 1800’s philosophy really work in the modern world to solve genuine crimes?
That’s the very question that a real-life US-based private detective asked himself before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime by stepping into Holmes’ shoes and using his mindset to solve real crimes. So effective was this method that he decided to turn his attention to the greatest set of crimes known in history -- the brutal murders perpetrated by the criminal who came to be known as Jack the Ripper.
The author, along with a team of three of the world’s top forensic scientists and criminologists, Dr. Michael M. Baden, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Dr. Henry C. Lee, have convincingly solved the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 London – arguably the world’s most talked-about unsolved murder mystery. But their true-life resolution of the case is presented here in the form of a Sherlock Holmes novel, painstakingly penned faithfully in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In it, the author – who actually used Holmes’ methods to uncover the killers’ identity – explains exactly how the crimes were committed and by whom, all in the form of a fast-paced thriller featuring the world’s most beloved detective along with Dr. Watson, from whose point-of-view most of the tale is told. Once the reader has finally been clued in on the final solution, the murders are then revisited from the killers’ perspective.
The story opens in the year 2017 with the sealed box of Holmes’ most controversial cases being opened by Watson’s great grandson Jacob, and among those cases is that of London’s Ripper murders that took place in what was then and has forever after been known as the “Autumn of Terror.” Jacob is shocked to learn the true story, as well as the reasons Holmes deemed the case’s explosive resolution too shocking and incendiary to have been revealed to the public in Victorian England and so to be sealed “entombed in a tin box” for 125 years, as were a number of other cases that are mentioned in some of Doyle’s Holmes stories. Along the way, the actual facts of the case and the evidence that led Randy and his team to the real killer will be revealed to the reader through Holmes’ investigative methods.
Randy Williams is a Pennsylvania-based private investigator and describes himself as follows. “I’m a fighter... AND a lover. Lover of martial arts, lover of true crime novels, lover of word puzzles, lover of things Italian, lover of wine, lover of horses, travel and foreign languages, lover of women, lover of Chinese culture and above all, lover of a mystery.”
He is the owner of Black Stallion Security and Investigations and the founder of the Close Range Combat Academy, a worldwide martial arts organization with branches in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. He has written nine books on the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun Gung Fu, and Sherlock Holmes and the Autumn of Terror is his second venture into fictional writing.
Through his association with Doctors Baden, Lee and Wecht, he has been able to apply all of the analytical skills instilled in him by his lifelong martial arts and criminology training into solving the age-old Ripper enigma.
In celebration of Five 4 Friday, I have chosen just five questions from our in depth interview with Randy to share with you today. You can read the full interview at his Rukia Publishing Meet The Author Page!
~Five 4 Friday with Randy Williams~
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? I think being fortunate enough to have had my theory featured on the cover of Ripperologist Magazine’s October 2016 issue, which was released on the same day as the Kindle version of my book (31 October, 2016).
How do you relax? I love nothing better than a pipe and a good glass of dry red wine in my armchair with my Saint Bernard Brewster asleep at my foot next to a roaring fire with a good book.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Oddly, I don’t really aspire to having any more in life than I already have. So in five years, I’d like to have had enough success with my books to be able to remain here on my ranch in the mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, writing away happily, surrounded by my three dogs, six horses and my donkey, Deuce, otherwise known as “The Zonk.”
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? It is said that journalism (specifically sub-editing on a journal) is the best training for an author. In my case, writing countless instructional pieces for magazines and then nine books on the martial arts are what I believe prepared me for the momentous task of writing Sherlock Holmes and the Autumn of Terror – certainly the Magnum Opus of my own literary career.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why? Yes, but only to a certain extent to get the ball rolling and to get people talking. For an example, back in the 80’s, I gave a set of my 6-book series on the martial arts to one of Bruce Lee’s top students. As it turned out, he was reading them on the set between takes of a movie he was doing stunts for that featured a new, up-and-coming action star. That star happened to see my friend reading the books, and asked him about where he could get a set. My friend contacted me immediately and told me he thought this guy was going to make it big, and advised me to send him a set of my books, which I immediately did. That, in turn, led to my meeting, and then working for Steven Seagal in the years that followed.
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