Harry Brett isn’t just another pseudonym for Henry Sutton. Harry Brett is the person he always wanted to be – a crime writer and the author of a crime series, cracking on with the plot. It just took him some time and many novels and a collection of short stories to work that out.
Identity as an author is a complex and confusing thing. Writing can be about endless enthusiasm for experimentation and literary exploration, and the continual sense of a work-in-progress. As the saying goes, writing is as much about failing, as succeeding. It’s also of course a search for a voice.
When you feel you’ve finally nailed something, and are able to stand up and say, look, here it is, here I am, you want people to know. A clear signal seemed appropriate. But this is a signal that goes to the very core of who I am – born, as it happens, in Gorleston-on-Sea. Brett is my mother’s maiden name, my mum being my biggest writing influence. She wrote under the name Brett, Belinda Brett. Harry, well, all Henrys are Harrys at heart.
Time to Win is the first in a three-book series with Corsair / Little, Brown.