Chris Towndrow author

About Me

I’ve been a hobby writer for years, moving through poetry, fledgling novels and screenplays to arrive now at novels and playwriting, which is where I’ve found my calling.

I was inspired to start writing in 1991 when a friend of mine showed me some of his nonsense poetry. Without any research, training, or past literary leanings, I accumulated a collection of what can best be described as nonsense. Shortly after, a kernel of an idea (seeded deep in my brain’s store of book reading and endless movies) grew over a year or so into a short US-based detective novel.

This was fun, and a great escape from my initial years of the world of work, so I didn’t hold back the time-travel sci-fi adventure book that was inside me. Thinking back, its genesis was probably in watching Star Trek IV too much. A sequel followed. At no point did I consider trying to get published.

To The Movies

About this time (1998) I started dabbling in screenplays. Again, with no training other than a love of film. Genres were mixed, but predominantly rom-com, the first of these being the treatment of a book I’d written. This screenplay was entered into the Orange Prize, and failed disastrously.

So I finally got a bit of knowledge under my belt, started really enjoying screenplays and the book writing took a back seat. I managed about 8 screenplays and even had one of them rejected by Working Title.

To The Stars

It was a random evening chat with a good friend that sowed the seed of the plot for the novel “Sacred Ground“. It’s a space opera inspired by the amazing writing of Iain M Banks. I completed it in 2005.

Next came a collection of offbeat essays and odd vignettes, inspired by the writing of Woody Allen, and entitled “The Real Jamie Oliver and other Stories” – a sample is here.

An old idea and a few chapters I’d penned in the last millennium were resurrected in 2017 and “Imperfect Isolation” has turned out really well. I love the real-world grounding of the story, and my heroine is a joy to write–hence the reason I’ve written three sequels.

Down To Earth

In 2004 in my screenwriting phase I outlined a Coen Brothers-type comedy-drama-romance. In 2018 I decided to novelise it – and it all turned out rather well.

Enjoying the feel of this voice, I produced two more books to complete a trilogy.

To The Theatre

In the early 2000s I met a lady called Lizzie who was putting on a play for a charity night. I don’t remember how, but I ended up writing the adult panto “Dick” based on Dick Whittington. It went down a storm. A few years later the script was updated and reprised for another show.

Five further scripts have been performed since then, with both professional and amateur casts, and total audience to date is around 5000. 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 complete is a new one-act dramatic play.

I now license out versions of these scripts.

The Day Job

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.

At Home

Living in a leafy London suburb, the environment is ideal for walks or cycle rides, giving me time to ponder current projects.

I enjoy good coffee, handle all the cooking for the family, and am fortunate to have a very supportive wife.