An extensive traveller, he twice went by sea and car round the world and virtually commuted between England and the USA. He visited 49 of America's states and knew 47 of them very well. He also knew Europe, north, east, south and west, and drove as far as Moscow through Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Two television series, Gideon and the Baron, have been made from his books, as well as a number of movies, including Gideon's Day starring Jack Hawkins.
Richard: Yes, to the best of my knowledge, Dad was the first author to have a protagonist police detective, Commander Gideon, involved in lots of cases at the same time. I am sure this complex character leap forward led Hollywood director, John Ford, to base Gideon’s Day, starring Jack Hawkins, on the first book of Dad's Gideon series. And encouraged the Mystery Writers of America to present Dad with the Grand Master Award. But no, surprisingly Dad didn’t appear to find this series harder to write because he wrote Gideon at the same speed as the Toff, Dr Palfrey, Inspector West indeed every one of his books - twelve to fifteen thousand words a day, so five days for a 60,000 word mystery. However Dad began to change that book-in-a week rhythm around the time he started Gideon. He’d write during the morning only, so each story would take ten days to complete. This allowed him afternoons to revise novels he’d written a year earlier, which had been sent out to five readers, or write a play or plan a drive to Moscow, or get involved in politics. Dad, who married four times, drove around the world twice, formed his own political party and fought four by-elections - never losing his deposit, was extraordinary.
Carol: You have written a series of books featuring Doctor Palfrey? How did that come about? Why did you chose Palfrey? Your father created so many series characters that you must have been spoiled for choice. Are there more Palfrey books in the pipeline? And is it likely that you will write adventures featuring other John Creasey heroes?