Friday, 4 July 2014

The strange inspiration for my novella, Round and Round

*Note on 9.6.15: I wrote this in July 2014, shortly before Round and Round was released.  I'm totally made up that it has since gained over fifty reviews across the Amazon sites and Goodreads :)



After the lengthy and complex tome that was Kings And Queens, I needed to write something short and light, before embarking on the sequel - so here it is!

Round And Round is a novella of approximately 36,000 words, which means it's about a half to a third of the length of a novel. 

This is the sort of mood I was looking for with the cover ~ I just love this picture, it's my current wallpaper on my laptop.


 

Two things gave me the idea for the story.  

In the early 1990s I had to make two decisions that both had a huge impact on the rest of my life.  A few years later, I had a dream in which I'd chosen the other fork in the road. When I woke up, I just thought, "oh, so that's what it would have been like".  That dream has always stayed with me; it was so vivid and I never doubted for a moment that it was showing me 'what if...'


The other thing was very strange indeed - you'll like this! In early 2001, my then-husband's father died.  A couple of months later we were out shopping and Alan suddenly said, out of the blue, 'get some batteries for the smoke alarm'.  We'd been in our new house about nine months; neither of us had ever looked at the smoke alarm. I don't think I even knew where it was!  I got some batteries, anyway, and put them in. That night we had too much to drink, I put something under the grill and forgot about it, and went to bed.  I was woken up by the smoke alarm a while later. As it was, we had to get a new cooker and have the kitchen redecorated.  I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn't heard that alarm (though I did have a houseful of firemen at five in the morning, ladies, so it wasn't all bad!).  Alan always thought it was his father who put the smoke alarm batteries idea into his head ~ a guardian angel?


Here is the first draft of the blurb for
Round And Round ~

Four Valentine cards – four men…
Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is depressed about her job, her relationship, her whole life – and her boyfriend has taken up with a new group of people with whom she definitely doesn’t want to get involved.
Back in 1998 she'd had the choice of four men, and can’t help wondering how her life might have turned out if she’d chosen differently.
Sophie’s Auntie Flick had been her second mother, friend and advisor. Before her death in 2001, Flick said, “When I’m up there having a cuppa with St Peter, I’ll have a word with him about making me your guardian angel, shall I?”

The two of them had a special place, a tree by a river, where they would go together. Now, Sophie visits this idyllic spot whenever she wants to talk to her aunt. As Sophie’s fortieth birthday draws near, she calls on Auntie Flick to show her the way forward – and help her look back into the past so that she can see what might have been….




They weren't like this, I'm afraid!
 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, too!


10 comments:

  1. That is one magic story! The smoke alarm one - how amazing is that? But on to your new book, I am very much looking forward to a new TT to read (okay, I've still got a couple of others lines up, but I will, I will!) and this one sounds just the ticket…and yes, I love the photos! They are very lovely XX

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    1. Thanks! Oh, okay, I put the smoke alarm one in the book, too!! :)

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  2. Amazing stuff happens!! Sounds a good read.......the ''other road'' scenario is always a good area......I constantly wonder if BH hadn't flat shared with the organist at my student church....well... we wouldn't be here 38 years later... and yes, loved the pics!

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    1. I did the 'what if' scenario in a more complicated way with my book The Other Side, but it's a subject I love and I wanted to give it another outing! Oh yes, you can go back, and back, looking at what took you to where you are now...!

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  3. One of my favourite films is 'Sliding Doors' starring Gwynth Paltrow, the concept of 'what if' is mind blowing. There are so many possibilities. Really looking forward to your new book release. Beautiful colours in the picture, I can understand why it's your screen saver - I can't bring myself to change my Johnny Depp image ;-)

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    1. Hi Shelley - thanks for reading! Yes, I adored that film too - my book The Other Side is along these lines, too; it starts off as four different women and their lives, but you gradually start to realise it's all just the same person, and what might have happened if she'd made different decisions! It's one of my favourite subjects, too! I hear what you're saying re Johnny Depp, by the way!!! x

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  4. I like the premise! My hubby's a science teacher and he often boggles my mind with fun ideas like the idea of parallel universes.

    Perhaps in another parallel universe, I am all caught up with everything online & off - ha!

    That's a great story about the smoke alarm. Love things like that!

    Oh, and yes. Love the dreamy photos, too. :)

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    1. Hi Tui, thanks for reading! ha ha - yes, I adore this subject. I've 'done' it once before with my book The Other Side, but this is more simple and accessible, I think - plus I am two years on, so hope I'm improving all the time!!!

      I know - that smoke alarm thing was SO weird!!! x

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  5. Looking forward to reading your new book. And what a fab story about the smoke alarm!

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    1. Thanks, my dear! xx You're on my review copy list!

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