Getting to Know AS Croyle

AS Croyle’s attention to historical detail and her meticulous use of language make her a welcome addition to that small group of writers who produce Sherlock Holmes stories. Her first novel which takes place before Watson is currently ranked 4.9 on Amazon. Of it, Tom Turley said,

It would be faint praise to call this novel merely a fine Sherlock Holmes pastiche.  What A.S. Croyle has written is a complex, moving novel with memorable characters of her own creation (including the most appealing heroine since Irene Adler), besides a fascinating portrait of young Sherlock Holmes. MX Publishing

Tell us about yourself and the types of books you write.

I have been an attorney for almost thirty years. I started writing seriously about ten years

Tom Turley reviews When The Song of The Angels is Stilled

“It would be faint praise to call this novel merely a fine Sherlock Holmes pastiche.  What A.S. Croyle has written is a complex, moving novel with memorable characters of her own creation (including the most appealing heroine since Irene Adler), besides a fascinating portrait of young Sherlock Holmes.  Here is a callow, more vulnerable Sherlock than we are used to seeing, yet unmistakably the youth who will become the man.  The case that he and Poppy Stamford undertake to solve incorporates the oldest Canon mystery, “The Gloria Scott,” and centers on an “Angel Maker.”  Rooted in historical events, it reminds those who would romanticize Victorian London that its underworld was, in fact, a truly awful place.  The novel’s most important revelation is that Sherlock Holmes was being less than honest when he told Dr. Watson: “I have never loved.”  Disproving that claim may seem like heresy to some Sherlockians, but our lovelorn young hero loses Poppy Stamford precisely because he is already trapped inside the man that Conan Doyle created.  We mourn their fate, even though it was inevitable, for love might have made the great detective (if nothing else) a far less lonely man.  Happily, the author devises an ending that reconciles us to his loss.  After finishing When the Song of the Angels is Stilled, I felt I fully understood, for the first time, why Sherlock Holmes became the man he was.  That is the measure of Ms. Croyle’s achievement, and it took a fine novelist—not merely a fine writer of pastiches—to accomplish it.”

 –Thomas A. Turley 

When
the Song of the Angels is Stilled: A Before Watson Novel is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free
shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook
format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone). ago. My first published novel is titled The Caretaker (2009). It’s a paranormal romance. I published several (romantic) novellas after that, and then MX published my first Sherlock-related novel last year. When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled is the first in a trilogy called the Before Watson series. Book Two, The Bird and the Buddha, will be released this month. I have enjoyed combining the character of Sherlock Holmes (and some other Doyle characters) with historical fiction. I have also just finished working with an editorial consultant on the final draft of a legal thriller and plan to start querying lit agents this month.

What makes your stories different from other Holmes’ pastiches?

They are narrated by a young woman, an aspiring physician, who falls in love with him. The other difference, I think, is that I am meticulous about the setting and the historical events that I incorporate and I have found that is not always the case in pastiches.  Lastly, many try to replicate Watson’s voice. I specifically avoided that by having the novels narrated by Poppy Stamford, sister of Dr. Mike Stamford who introduced Sherlock to Dr. Watson.

When you’re not reading Conan Doyle, who’s your go-to author or genre?

My reading tastes are varied but I enjoy Michael Connelly, Michael Crichton, may he rest in peace, Jodi Picoult, Sara Gruen. I like slightly off the beaten track novels as well, i. e. Life of Pi, The Tiger’s Wife and The Submission.

Do you have a favourite fellow pastiche writer? Who and why?

I really enjoyed A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the novel on which the movie ‘Mr. Holmes’ was based. The prose was beautiful and profound and it gave a very different slant because Holmes was aging and confronting his mortality.

Other than Holmes, who is your favourite detective?

Harry Bosch – Michael Connelly’s character.

Who are your heroes?

I assume you mean literary … Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Davis, the juror who sways everyone’s opinion in Twelve Angry Men.

Your favourite quote, Sherlockian or otherwise?

“Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” — The Naval Treaty

When the Song of the Angels is Stilled is available from Amazon and Book Depository

Her second novel in the Before Watson series, The Bird in the Buddha, will be released tomorrow. You can pre-order it here: The Bird and the Buddha

 

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About Geri Schear

Geri Schear is an award-winning novelist, author of three Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice books published by MX Publishing. Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals. For further information, see her page at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Geri-Schear/e/B00ORWA3EU
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One Response to Getting to Know AS Croyle

  1. pronchers says:

    As they say here, ‘I don’t go time fer bookreadin’ at the rate yer goin’. Hev tuh take a rain check

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