I’m in the middle of moving house and while I was clearing out the attic I came across a file of handwritten papers that, many years ago, I asked my parents and grandparents to write for me. I planned to write a romance book set in the Second World War. I read the notes, wrote a manuscript and put the notes away.
I tried to get my novel published through conventional routes, but although a few publishers were interested, none wanted to take it further. I suffered repeated rejections, and there is only so much rejection a person can take. I put the manuscript away. Later, I self-published this on Amazon and ‘The Scent of Bluebells’ became my personal best seller. I followed this with ‘A Snowdrop’s Promise’, and that novel is doing well too.
My box of files grew over the years as I inherited photographs and memorabilia from my beloved family as they each passed away. I filed these away with the notes they had written, feeling sad as each of them passed from my life, but hoping that one day, I would use the file again to bring their experiences to life.
When moving house, there is a lot of time to kill. Waiting for solicitors and estate agents to do what they do is frustrating and I find it an agonisingly slow process. So to keep myself occupied, I began another story, using the notes I had found in my attic. Surprisingly, this novel almost didn’t need me to write it. I sat at my computer each day, filled with inspiration and energy. The words filled each page and the story came alive, seemingly, without much effort on my part.
The novel uses lots of facts from my grandparents experiences of the time, but the bones of the story is pure fiction. I loved creating this book as I felt the presence of my grandparents and my mother all the time I was writing. I felt I was spending precious time in their company while reading their memories.
I hope you will enjoy the product of my imagination. ‘Lost in the Memories’ is now available as a kindle eBook in all Amazon Stores. This will soon be available as a paperback from Create Space.