My name is Dorinda Balchin. I lived in South Marston for a number of years before moving to India in 2008 where I now run a guesthouse with my husband.
My first novel, ‘Heronfield’ , an historical novel set in Europe during World War II will be published on September.
But on 28 August I launched a new writing project – a crime story as told through the notebook of a Swindon police inspector, live on Twitter.
Crime busting Inspector Nash is on the trail of local lags and I’m sure that followers will enjoy the experience of ‘real-time-crime fighting,’ finding out what happens in this criminal investigation at the same time as the police, leading to a gripping climax at a real event on a real date early in September 2012.
To set the scene read Nash’s first tweets below as he outlines the new project…
Is this an investigative notebook? A diary? Both? Do I care one way or the other?
The boss has had another of his ‘good ideas’ and wants us to keep an “electronic notebook” of our cases alongside our usual notebook. Blood
140 characters! What rubbish! I can’t even finish a line of thought! I was going to say it’s a bloody waste of time if you ask me.
Just more work for us.
I suppose it’s OK for the youngsters but we 50 somethings don’t want or need it. Notebooks have always been good enough for me.
You know what they always say. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
New fangled idea AND a new Sergeant. Things just get better don’t they?
Sergeant Sean Watts. Fast track University graduate. No doubt full of himself and thinks he knows more than me!
Bet he’s good with these bloody electronics as well!
Well, here goes nothing. My next case will be the first in ‘Chief Inspector David Nash’s Electronic Notebook!’
Follow the inspector’s trail of crime across Swindon on Twitter
For more information please do email me or take a look dorindabalchin.com
Discover Lakeside, the guest house run by Dorinda and Pete Balchin in Tamil Nadu, Southern India by clicking here
Born in England in 1957 Dorinda Balchin graduated from Warwick University in 1980 and began a career in teaching. Books and writing had always been a passion for her, but with two children to raise and a demanding career in the field of education Dorinda’s love of literature was mainly confined to reading with little time to explore and develop her writing. Then in 2008, along with her husband, Dorinda gave up her teaching career and made a life-changing move to southern India where the couple now run a guesthouse.
This change of lifestyle has allowed Dorinda the time to develop some of the writing projects which she has worked on over the years. Her love of history is clearly reflected in her well researched novels which draw you into another time and place peopled with believable characters with all the strengths and weaknesses which we recognise in ourselves.
When asked about the influences on her writing Dorinda Balchin acknowledges that these are eclectic. “We don’t show just one characteristic in our lives” she says, “we are an amalgam of our thoughts and experiences, our hopes and fears, our education, and the influence that numerous people have had on us, shaping us into the people we are today.
"It’s the same with authors and genres which have influenced me – the social and historical writings of Dickens, factual history books, historical novels by a variety of authors, books about philosophy or religion, science fact or fiction. Each genre has a place on my bookshelves and has helped to shape my ideas and writing style into something which I hope reflects the richness of human life in an accessible and entertaining way.”
Right, Dorinda with Raja