Thanks for stopping by. My name is Chris Towndrow and I’m a multi-genre fiction author and a performed playwright.
e-books and paperbacks are available on Amazon here.
My most popular novel to date – “Tow Away Zone” – is a Coen Brothers-style comedy-drama which I originally conceived as a movie script. It’s a very accessible read that appeals to a wide audience… or at least that’s how it’s intended. 5* reviews on Amazon bear this out —
“A gripping yarn – quirky characters, a pacy plot and a setting like you’ve never read before. A fun ol’ read.” – BBC1 sitcom writer
In 2020 I published the sequel “Go Away Zone“.
Before this, I’d written mostly sci-fi novels. “Imperfect Isolation” was published in 2018. Its near-future settings include such diverse locations as New York, rural Sweden, a French chateau, and a deserted mining base on an asteroid. The 2019 sequel takes the main characters into a new adventure – “Reprisals” focuses on the consequences of the first book, with many people out for revenge. It’s more “speculative fiction / thriller” than sci-fi. The third book in the Enna Dacourt series “Trip Hazard” was self-published in January 2021.
The previous work, “Sacred Ground“, dating from 2004, is a space opera set in the far future after an intergalactic war. I was inspired by the style of Iain M Banks and the result was certainly a huge step up from my previous author efforts.
Fiction works in progress
In 2021, I’ll be writing “Stow Away Zone“, the third in the “Sunrise” comedy drama series. I’m aiming for publication on 30.09.2021.
I’m plotting out the 4th spec-fiction novel featuring my heroine Enna, and aiming to self-publish in late 2021.
2021’s key focus is a low-key period Western “Signs of Life“, which is the novelisation of a 2004 screenplay. As an author, it’s my first foray into historical fiction. I’m currently editing with a view to querying, and hoping for traditional publishing.
I’m also looking in earnest at a dystopian fiction book for 2022. It’s the development of a stalled idea for a single-set theatrical drama.
Scripts For The Stage
After my first am-dram Pantomime script was performed in 2004, a major breakthrough in my writing for the stage happened in 2013. “Cinders“, a panto in full risque adult-only form premiered it’s 10-night professional run in Guildford in December, easily selling out all performances.
To follow this, in December 2014 I worked again with the Guildford Fringe Theatre Company on “D!CK” and sold out 17 performances to a total audience of over 1000. Summer 2015 saw my first foray into stage drama, with “The Setup” taking part in the Guildford Fringe Festival.
December 2015 brought two adult pantos to the stage, in Guildford (“Aladdin Rub My Lamp“) and Woking (“D!CK”). Again we sold very well, over 30 nights to a total audience of over 1700. I also enjoyed another performance of “D!CK” by an amateur group for a charity event in February 2017.
Winter 2017 saw “Jack and his Giant Stalk” premiering, and sell out a month-long run to great reviews and 2000+ audience members. Next, 2018 saw another new script hit the stage, Adult Panto “Peter Pan & The Loose Boys“, and again the run sold out.
Then 2019 brought a new version of Cinderella – “Ella” was debuted by an amateur teenage troupe in Spring 2019, and in December was performed in Lancashire. There’s a professional version available too.
Most recently available to license is a bawdy Greek romp entitled “Troy Story” – a so-familiar tale, ripped mercilessly apart and dragged kicking and screaming into a melee of questionable jokes.
Also completed is a new one-act dramatic play. Languishing on the production slate is my first foray into melodrama – a wry retelling of Romeo & Juliet, set in the 1980s.
Pantomime scripts are available to license.
By day I am a corporate video producer at London Corporate Media. I help promote my clients businesses and generate more sales for them. This is a domain characterised by technical knowledge, marketing, filmmaking techniques, storytelling and creativity.