With the Blitz of London upon them, Will teaches Jane to live for the moment and throw aside caution. Circumstances introduce both of them to deception, desperation and murder.
There are conflicts at every turn; loss and discovery, desperation and joy, foes and friends. And a promise is made to wait for a loved one’s return.
How long would you wait?
Targeted Age Group:: Teen-adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For my second book, I wanted the setting to be London’s West End; I was inspired after a trip to a West End theatre. I also wanted to feature some of the varied characters who might inhabit a large hotel (inspired by a theme park ride!). As I love history (particularly the 1930’s to the 1950’s) I decided that 1940 would be the year as I could draw on the bravery and uncertainty of this time and the struggles of those living through the Blitz.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I already knew that I wanted a strong matriarchal character and she appeared in the form of Mrs Cartlyn; a hard shell with a soft centre. She had just formed in my mind of her own accord, right down to the tasteful yet expensive diamond ring on her finger! My two main characters would be a fun loving actor and an initially reserved hotel receptionist; I was keen for the extrovert nature of the actor to draw out the spontaneous side of his new love. I had in mind a variety of characters who sometimes had hidden stories and the hotel guests gave me the opportunity to have these, along with Jane’s circle of girlfriends.
When silence reigned there always followed the briefest of moments, seconds only and sometimes not even that, to wait for fate to show itself; the instinctive flash of hoping for one’s own salvation, but knowing that meant wishing for another’s demise in your place.
For some, after that briefest of silences, there would be the loudest of noises and maybe the shaking of all around them, the floating down of whispers of plaster dust, but nothing more; they would look around themselves in disbelief at their survival, so sure were they that death had been upon them.
For others that instant was indeed the last, followed immediately by oblivion.
About the Author:
I love to write and I love to read. Publishing my first book, Family of Strangers, in 2013 was a dream come true. With Sunshine Spirit, my dream has been realised all over again. I’ve always wanted to write, be that books, plays or poems, and to be able to do this now is fantastic! With Sunshine Spirit I’ve also been able to indulge my love of history and theatre and I’m looking forward to seeing where book three takes me, as I do find that the characters I write have a life of their own and often surprise me!
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