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In a small Yorkshire coastal fishing village, young Amy Trott, ignored or derided by most of the villagers, is devoted to her father. One stormy day, Amy’s life is torn apart when her beloved father is lost at sea. In her denial of events, she searches the sea and shore, convinced that he will return, but instead of her father she finds another refugee from the sea, on who she focuses all of her attentions. The trouble is, it is 1915 and the refugee is German …
Targeted Age Group: 17+
Book Price: $2.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Research! Research! Then more research! Merely having an idea for a story isn’t enough: you have to be able to go back in time, arm yourself with the clothing, the scenery, the attitudes, the limited awareness of what was going on beyond your limited confines, the language – only then can you close your eyes and try to breathe the air, how different it would feel, how cold (emotionally and physically), how threatening, how insecure, how uncertain. Back then in Great Britain there was no National Health Service, no welfare state; if you didn’t have money for food then you starved. If you were ill and couldn’t afford the doctor, then you died.
Almost every aspect of the story had to be researched, including the clothes, the language, the colloquialisms, the food, the society, the superstitions, the weapons, the mating habits of the common limpet (and those of the common villager). It’s like going back in time. Watch out for anachronisms.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Decide what is really more important to you: to share the story that only you can tell, or merely get your name on a book cover. Too many people, I’m sorry to say, are attracted by the latter, and we can thank Amazon for allowing this to be easily achievable. But if, above everything else, you want to take readers on a journey to the far-flung corners of your imagination, then find out what makes a story work. You may already know, but it’s worth looking it up anyway, just to be absolutely certain.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I got the title even before the story. I saw this girl on a Victorian magic lantern slide – well, she was a young woman, really – and wanted to write about her. More than anything, I think it was the look in her eyes that got me. The period is now beyond most people’s memory and I felt it was important to show what life was life for the members of this small community: the poverty, the harsh living conditions, the social structure and injustices, and, above all, the lack of information that was responsible for so much ignorance and intolerance.
About the Author:
I live in an outlying Pennine village in Yorkshire, England, with a growing collection of books and my understanding wife of so many years I can’t remember getting married (I was very young), though I do remember the wise old people (there were loads of them back then) saying it wouldn’t last ’til Christmas, but they didn’t specify exactly which Christmas.
From an early age I wanted to write. At school I began interviewing popular TV and music celebrities, and went on to providing magazines and local press with articles about these people, whilst also spending five years with one of the major banks. I could tell some horror stories about that, but I don’t think it’s allowed.
In my BSc technology degree I managed to squeeze a course about play-writing, showing where my true tendencies lay, and for my MA Professional Writing I specialized in screenwriting and story structure.
Since 2005 I have seen life from the other side of the publisher’s desk whilst being heavily involved in republishing the novels by Leo Walmsley for the Walmsley Society. Tasks include editing, typesetting, formatting and first proof-reading.
Oak Seer (A supernatural mystery) was the first of my published novels, followed by Flither Lass. a historical novel set during the First World War. I’m currently working on a memoir.