My writing has always been inspired by family history.
‘Riduna‘ is a love story set on the Channel Island of Alderney back in the 19th Century, inspired by my great grandmother Harriet Jane who was born there.
‘Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home,’ follows the same family through to the next generation, to the early part of the twentieth century and through The Great War, inspired by stories of my great grandparents’ and grandparents’ lives in Woolston, Southampton.
The characters in both of these novels are fictitious even though the places and events in their lives are as true to life as I could weave them.
In the launch and promotion of both of these novels I’ve met some wonderful people who have become friends. I have also become closer to my known wider family too, and even bonded with distant relatives, of whom I was totally unaware. It has been a precious journey to treasure and now I have a far greater sense of my place in the wider scheme of the world.
My next venture distracted me from fiction in a pleasant way as I took on the task of writing Norman Campbell’s memoir. This was family history too and I was helped by Norman’s family, especially with photos of recent years. Imagine my delight, the other day, to be contacted by email from a distant relative of Norman.
Norman had talked of his uncle going over to South Africa early in his life and had shown me photos, but I was thrilled to read that the photos of Norman’s grandparents, William and Eliza Campbell, are in fact pictures of this gentleman’s great grandparents! I will not mention his name but I thank him so much for contacting me.
The rewards for writing are varied, pleasurable and at times totally unexpected.