The Girl Who Tweeted Wold by Nick Bryan ~Goodreads~
Self-published July 22nd 2014
e-book edition 197 pages ~Amazon~
Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing with you Nick Bryan’s story on how he came to write this series, and I hope you find it as interesting as I have and I can’t wait to begin reading this exciting new series!
“Happily, it’s not just about social media. I am no Online Social Media Expert. But there was definitely a process that led me to it, after some circling around.
The Hobson & Choi series arose from a “work experience at a detective agency” concept that had been bouncing around my head for a while. I’m a big fan of a good mismatched crimesolving duo – I’ve watched a lot of procedural crime shows, I admit – and this seemed a good way to create one.
In the early stages, Hobson & Choi was actually an urban fantasy – the titular Wolf was the actual Big Bad Wolf of Little Red Riding Hood fame – but I was struggling to make that work. A lot of people have done modern-day fantasy using fairy tale characters and I wasn’t sure what I’d add.
In fact, I vaguely thought, it sometimes feels like more crime stories cover fictional beings than they do the more recent additions to the real world, such as the internet. It also occurred to me that an obvious point of conflict/difference between my teenage work experience sleuth and her older boss would be a familiarity and comfort with social media. So making the first case arise from it would be a good way to draw out the bickering I enjoy so much.
Of course, if John Hobson really was a professional, successful detective in the real world, he probably would know more about social media, but this brought me on to my next big realisation: John Hobson is not actually that good at his job.
Because, much like before with the magic wolf, I didn’t feel any burning urge to write another super-genius. We already have plenty of detectives who see through whole conspiracies based on a bootprint on the floor. Hobson’s crimesolving often relies on luck, threats and the cases relating to something he’s already familiar with. He became a “detective” more because of certain aspects of his backstory than any real aptitude for it. (I’ll not say exactly what they are, because spoilers.)
The final stage, really, was keeping the wolf as the killer despite the lack of magic and letting that serve as a baseline for how strange, unrealistic and often-basically-satire this version of London could be.
All it took was a little push and everything became a criminal conspiracy. The murders committed by a wolf in The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf became almost plausible compared to some of the darkly odd revelations about everyday life we’ve encountered (and made off-colour jokes about) by book three.
The Hobson & Choi series, in short, is a grim, funny yet strangely serious detective series. It’s a balancing act in terms of tone and I’m not sure I entirely hit my stride until somewhere between books two and three, but I’m quite pleased with where I’ve ended up.”
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)
“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”
Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.
But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.
With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.
Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.
When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.