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Many thanks to Oapschat for inviting me on to tell you about my latest book.
While I Was Waiting was never more aptly named. I began thinking through the idea about ten years ago! Life kept getting in the way of writing it but it’s now out and proud and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s a very personal book which touches on themes close to my heart. I have a passionate interest in World War 1 and have always wanted to write a story based around it
It offers an author scope to explore loyalty, bravery, love and loss in a time of terrible tragedy. Part of the book takes place in the years immediately before the outbreak of war, through to 1916.
A few snippets
The beginning of a new century seemed an appropriate time for a character to make huge changes in life, so I settled on the year 2000.
I came to a country village in the same year that Rachel does and had nearly as many problems adjusting to rural life. I remember the frustration of an erratic mobile phone signal and learning to rely on the car for everything. Sadly, I never bumped into someone as gorgeous as Gabriel Llewellyn or managed to find a firm of builders quite so helpful. But I have met larger than life characters like Stan, who’s my favourite in the book.
How did I start writing it?
Strangely enough, with the cover of a Sunday supplement. It featured an article on Greek travel and pictured a young, smooth-skinned man, with hair the colour of treacle. I knew I’d found my hero. The picture was pinned up on my working image board for years and got increasingly tatty. I was really sorry to see him replaced!
And it all developed from there ...
Here’s a little about the book to get your appetite whetted:
Rachel moves to a rundown cottage in the country and finds a tin full of letters and diaries. They document the story of Hetty who lived and loved during World War One. Rachel gradually pieces together the details of Hetty’s life and, in doing so, learns how to love the man she’s just met. Tragic in parts but ultimately life-affirming, it’s a story of waiting for the right man to love.
It’s available now, as an e-book, with the paperback coming out in September.