This week, the spotlight shines on Colin Ward.
Colin has been writing for about twenty years, producing plays and musicals, especially as part of being a Drama teacher in a previous life. He released his debut novel, To Die For in August 2017 – a crime fiction, serial killer thriller – and has been getting fantastic reviews. Now he has three more titles: Ripples – a collection of poetry, Stench of Death – a short story, and No Smoke – a play. It was after getting into authors such as Simon Kernick and Mark Billingham, and always loving TV crime dramas that have shaped Colin’s main genre. Almost all of his writing centers around building up to the plot twists, taking readers on a journey. He’s also not afraid to tackle the harder subjects.
His forthcoming projects include a novel adaptation of No Smoke and a collection of 100 war poems to mark the anniversary year. As a committed self-publisher, Colin writes, formats and designs his books, offering support to fellow authors needing help with their projects.
Let’s take a look at his books
STENCH OF DEATH
A missing man. The disappearance of a prostitute. A suspicious connection.
When DS Greg Randle is called upon to track down a sex worker as a personal favour, he and DS Martin Shaw stumble across a link with another of their cases.
Has someone’s life come to a violent end? Without a body to prove it, the two detectives must work quickly to establish the facts before more victims suffer the same fate. “Stench of Death” is a short crime fiction thriller, with a pacey story that bears Colin Ward’s trademark plot twists.
The chase is on to catch the killer who plunged a knife into her partner’s chest. Following the shadowy figure deep into the murky depths of an abandoned building, how far the furious red mist take her?
Available now at Amazon
CHASING ECHOES OF CRIES HE’D SPENT A LIFETIME TRYING TO SILENCE.
A KILLER TELLING A SINISTER STORY
DI Mike Stone investigates an unusual murder. It quickly becomes clear that the killer has only revealed the first brutal chapter.
A DETECTIVE FIGHTING A DARK DAEMON
The case takes on a disturbing speed as Stone finds his professional and personal worlds colliding, exposing a painful past, and threatening his future.
A CONNECTION WITH A TERRIFYING TRUTH
Who is this case really about? How far must Stone go to uncover the truth? And at what cost?
(A signed paperback to available to UK buyers direct from the Author at inasmanywords.com)
To Die For is available for purchase at Amazon
The ebook is currently HALF PRICE at £1.99 (paperback £9.49)
Ripples is an exploration of the effect and influence we have on each other–sometimes to build, at other times to break–as we share the world around us. Freedom and fate are woven together like the interplay between waves of our greatest oceans.
“History counts for nothing if it betrays a future, even with the beauty and miracle of life.”
This collection brings together poems written in a range of styles and forms, including free verse, haiku, and a number of experimental rhythmic and rhyming structures.
Get your copy at Amazon
No Smoke – a play
Detective Sergeant Ellen Cross is forced to revisit a child abuse investigation which failed to result in a conviction years ago. Is the same suspect on the hunt again?
As another local boy appears to become his new prey, the connections to the previous case begin to point towards some darker secrets lurking in the shadows.
Investigating the case off-duty, and against all advice, DS Cross must avoid triggering vigilante action from the boy’s emotionally fragile father as she tries to find justice for a family torn apart by tragedy.
No Smoke is a play about truth, perceptions, and lies amidst an uncomfortable relationship between the law, the media and society.
Available at Amazon
For more information, visit Colin’s website or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter at @colinwardwriter or @inasmanywords