The Inspiration for my debut novel

Today I felt that I had to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard to be exact) and write to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 just to say a big thank you for the The Angel of Time Cover Final Version with Poppyinspiration he sent my way during one of his shows. Back in March this year Jeremy Vine had Michael Morpurgo read out a letter from another of his listeners. It concerned an elderly lady who was in a hospice, dying. The gentleman who wrote the account was I believe working in the hospice and met the lady. The lady opened up to the listener and was telling him the stories from her youth, during the First World War. I recall it being an extremely moving tale of the loss of her love and it was very well read by Michael Morpurgo. I recall at the time that I was really quite moved and just couldn’t get the story out of my mind.

I just knew there was a real story there. Jeremy Vine’s show inspired me to write my debut novel which is based loosely around the life of an elderly woman who is dying in a hospice and recounts the tale of the loss of her one and only love during the First World War to a hospice helper. I then managed to weave that story into a wider story of one soldier’s evacuation from the western front in 1918, which was based around the real events of my own Great Grandfather’s exploits at that time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing my first novel, which is now on sale in Kindle format on Amazon and will be available in paperback from next week. To achieve this I have had to learn absolutely everything from proofreading to publishing. It has been an amazing journey for me and has changed my whole life and career; taking me out of the business world I have been in for the past 35 years and thrown me into a whole new world of books and publishing. I am also now a third of my way into my second book.

So, I just felt that today I just had  to say a big thank you to Jeremy Vine for the inspiration I received from him and Michael Morpurgo on that day.

The Angel of Time

The Angel of Time, my debut novel is now available on Amazon. The story is dedicated to my Great Grandfather, William Puttnam who served in the Royal The Angel of Time CoverField Artillery through all of the great battles on the Western Front from August 1915 to March 1918 when he was eventually wounded on the Somme. And also to his hard working and loving wife, my great grandmother, Amy Louise, who single-handedly managed to bring up their six children during the war, including my Grandmother Violet.

The story of our own hero George, from his wounding at the Somme, his long and arduous evacuation across France, England and then onto Scotland before his eventual return home is based upon the true events as experienced by my Great Grandfather in 1918. Without the efforts of these good, honest, hard working people, and many others like them, I would not be here and this story would not have been told, so I owe them a great deal!


The Angel of Time

The Angel of Time CoverMy debut novel The Angel of Time will be available on Amazon on the 24th October!

The novel is based around George Putnam who is the most unlikely First World War hero ever, especially as he was born in 1960.  After George’s encounter with Violet – a sweet old lady dying with cancer – and the sinister ghostly soldier who accompanied her, he suddenly finds himself thrown back to war torn France in 1918, fighting for his life.

Wounded, but finally escaping the horrors of Flanders, he discovers that he is in fact married to the younger Violet and falls madly in love with her, only to find their whole existence is threatened again by a sinister figure intent on killing them both.

Who is the ghostly figure following George? Who wants him dead and why?

A romantic, time travelling, historical drama with a twist.