VILLAGES like Hampton-in-Arden and Balsall Common were the unlikely inspiration for a gritty new novel.
First-time writer Adam Williams based the rural locations in his detective novel on his old, childhood haunts.
The Future of the Past features DCI Danny Isham, investigating a grisly murder committed in an idyllic village.
“I love the genre and I got to the point when I felt I’d read every crime novel going,” said 38-year-old Adam.
“So I suppose the next natural thing was to have a go at writing one myself.”
While the blood-soaked backstory isn’t quite what you’d expect from the borough, the leafy locations will be very familiar.
Adam, who now lives in Scotland, grew up on a farm near Hampton-in-Arden and drew heavily on the surrounding area.
“I’ve changed the names a bit but the village where the body is found is called Berkston Common,” he said. “For local people, I don’t think they’re going to have to look too hard to see I’ve combined a few place names together.”
Once he’d finished the story, the former Heart of England School pupil was taken with the idea of releasing an eBook.
“Last year, the eBook sold more than hard-backs for the first time, so they’re growing more and more popular. I’d like to attract a publisher and agent but competition is so fierce - I thought this would be a good starting point.”
Adam already has an idea in mind for a sequel, but is juggling the plot with having recently become a dad.
You can pick up The Future of the Past from Amazon.co.uk.