The Other Partner in Crime…Writing!!
Carol was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1961. She left Grammar School at the age of 16 and went on to study hairdressing at college. At the age of twenty, she was running her own successful salon as well as teaching at the college. In 1988 Carol commenced working for the Police as a member of the support staff in the administration department.
As a supervisor, she received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work for her determination and drive creating a poster competition for an Autumn Fall Crime Initiative involving local schools. Carol was Chair of the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle for five years and during that time along with Bob and other members of the group helped to inspire others of all ages by running community writing competitions and in the process making thousands of pounds for local charities. This competition continues today and she will be launching it in West Yorkshire this autumn. You can see all the information about the competitions including pictures, radio interviews and read winning stories at www.iowwritingcircle.co.uk
RC Bridgestock is a co-author team between husband and wife Robert (Bob) & Carol Bridgestock – website www/rcbridgestock.com. Carol also runs a blog which you can access from this site. So what makes the couple qualify to write in the crime genre?
With nearly half a century of combined police experience, the couple bring unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into fiction. Their hope is that this adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour, and humanity that they experienced during their careers. If you’ve read any of the books you will be immersed in the world they create as much as they enjoyed imagining it and that their passion for entertaining crime fiction coupled with their insight into the inquiry room of a major case comes from the pages of their work.
‘Basically, I put the flesh on the bones of the fictional crime stories that Bob gives me. He writes the structure of the police investigation and I build on that to create a storyline for DI Dylan’s home life with Jen and Maisy.’ (Jen is loosely based on Carol). Both Carol and Bob put their true feelings and life experiences to their work on the Dylan series.
These days apart from writing they advise on two top TV crime dramas in the UK (Happy Valley BBC 1 for 2014 with BAFTA winning Red Productions and scriptwriter Sally Wainwright and the popular Scott & Bailey #series 4. The last episode of series 3 pulled in 7.1 million viewers – exciting times!!!
The couple also raise the money for local charity and work with the Huddersfield Football Club Foundation and various schools on the Isle of Wights to inspire others to read and write. This year they are also appearing as ‘Dragons’ at the very popular Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October – recreating the popular ‘Dragons’ Den’ TV program, for unpublished authors!
The prize is for the author who wins to have their work put to the top of the TBR pile of the Literary Agent of the year 2013 Maggie Hanbury & London Literary Agent Caroline Sheldon.
Hear More of Carol Bridgestock with Celeste and Norm on the Women On The Rise Program.
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