An interview with the author

  1. Did you always dream of writing a book? 

No. I never had any thoughts of writing a book until… I received the notes that my father wrote about his childhood years and what happened to him and his brother during the war. I had to investigate and write it down for my children. That was when I discovered how much I enjoyed writing and after the writing a first edition, I decided to turn that book, which was really about his memoirs, into a novel.

2. Have you ever been involved in publishing?

Strangely, my first job was in publishing. I thought I was going for a job at a sports shop, but it turned out to be a publishing company. They published five specialist sports magazines and I secured a job selling advertising space. I was not overly excited about that particular job, but did a pretty good job and got on well with the advertising manager, (later to set up in business together), so spent much of my time in the design studio and with the editor. I moved from there into advertising, but my first proper job was in publishing.

3. How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?

As I mentioned earlier, it came about by accident really. After discovering my father’s story I wanted to find out more. I wanted to find out about my family. I was lucky enough to be able to travel and do the research. I went to the places he talked of and it was eerie but exciting. My father had passed away several years earlier but his brother was still alive and living in SW Australia. It was the perfect excuse to travel out there and hear what he had to say. 

I found out that I enjoyed writing and filling in the gaps in his story. It was huge fun!

4. What was your life like before you wrote this novel?

I spent many years in adverting and publishing. Not books but magazines and promotional literature. I spent a few years in France and became involved in publishing specialist magazines for expatriates living or owning a home in France, which meant I had to regularly write editorials etc. It was interesting but it did not really grab me to write. We also published brochures and various other joint publications with associated businesses. I had no inclination of writing a book.