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 inspiration 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.