✨ Interview ✨
Welcome, Yvonne. Thank you for stopping by! What was the inspiration for your latest story?
I have been an admirer of the Sherlock Holmes stories for a long time and while laying sick on the couch one day in 2017, I asked myself what it would be like to talk to Holmes himself.
Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?
I need deadlines. I don’t function without deadlines. I fail without deadlines. My head tends to be at a lot of places at once, so I absolutely need some pressure.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
It will always be the middle. The dreadful sagging middle. My first draft of A Case of Madness had no middle at all – which probably answers this question best.
What advice would you give to newbie writers?
Collaborate. Do not think that you don’t need anyone. You will need a lot of people. Which comes down to my other advice: don’t be an arrogant arse if you are not even published yet. Even after that. Don’t be an arse.
What did you edit out of this book?
I had multiple beta readers telling me they cringed while reading my climax. So I deleted it and rewrote something completely different and new. Sometimes you really have to listen to others and see that some things just don’t work.
If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your family or friends assume you’d done?
Stolen something from a museum or tried to break into a bakery drunk at night because I was hungry.
Do you have any tattoos? Tell us about them!
I have a Tardis and the words “Wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey stuff” on my left arm. Then I also have the address 221b tattooed on the back of my neck, a diamond on my left wrist and three stars on my right wrist.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
London. I simply love the city because it just inspires me.
Were you a voracious reader as a child?
My mother would laugh at this question. I hated reading. I almost never read. I was more interested in watching TV. However, this changed when I started to study.
What are some day jobs that you have held?
Where do I start…. I worked at a sex shop, a hardware store, a delicatesse store, a grocery store, a home décor store, taught English literature at a university and am now a school teacher.
A Case of Madness by Yvonne Knop
Book Title: A Case of Madness (Or the Curious Appearance of Holmes in the Nighttime)
Author: Yvonne Knop
Publisher: Improbable Press
Cover Artist: Ksenia Spizhevaya
Release Date: March 20, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary M/M Rom-Com
Tropes: Opposites attract, Emotional scars, Grumpy/sunshine
Themes: Coming out, friendship, mental illness, love
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: Novel / 82,000 words / 272 pages
A Case of Madness is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.
A world-weary Sherlock Holmes scholar loses his job and his sanity when the great detective materializes in his flat to help solve a mystery that involves a handsome male stranger. What ensues is a thrilling adventure in literature, London, and love.
Andrew Thomas just got sacked. He’s permanently drunk. He’s got cancer. Is inescapably gay. Was hit by a bus. And he’s fallen in love with a stranger whose life he saved.
As a newly-unemployed Sherlock Holmes scholar, Andrew knows only Holmes can help him untangle the madness his life has become, but Holmes isn’t real. Except he absolutely appeared in Andrew’s house, told him he’s in love with a man he just met…and then in a fit of pique Andrew sent him away.
Sure Holmes is probably a hallucination or a specter or a ghost, but now Andrew desperately needs his help. So to find the answer to his case and the man of his dreams, Andrew takes to chasing a fictional character through London with his very own Watson.
About the Author
Yvonne is a bi and nonbinary writer who dedicates their free time to extending the secret Gay Agenda – in part through their debut novel A Case of Madness.
Although born and raised in the north of Germany, Yvonne’s passion for Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, their sassy humor, and aversion to talking on public transport made them suspiciously British from early on.
As a natural matter of cause and effect, Yvonne moved to London in 2014 and started to write (a novel for the drawer). No word was written until 2017 when the sudden question of ‘What if I could talk to Sherlock Holmes?’ came up to them.
Conducting PhD research in the world’s most extensive Sherlock Holmes collection, located in Minneapolis, USA, was a great help for answering that question. The result was not a PhD, but their debut novel A Case of Madness, originally written in German and in a bold move translated by the author themselves when nobody in Germany understood a word they were saying.