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Date Posted: Monday 06 October, 2008 14:28:54
Thanks for your reply, which was gratefully received. You were very fortunate to have such great source material to work from and presumably also relied on the memories of your parents too?
I'm currently planning a "fictional autobiography". Basically, I've always wanted to write and for a long time did not know where I was going to plot my course, so to speak. But then this summer I went on holiday to the Peak District and the blindingly obvious came to me, which has set my mind whirling about all the possibilities open to me. We all have demons and pasts that we need to reconcile ourselves with and writing is one of the few ways that I can do that.
Although my heroine is an adult, to an extent I need to explore the child within her and I guess what I was getting at with my previous message to you was that I admired the way that you had connected with the child that you were and were able to vividly recreate the way you saw the world back then.
Yes, I am UK-based and my book is going to be set in Suffolk, which is my "spiritual" home, as well as a number of other locations both in this country and abroad.
I added "Truant" to my Amazon wish list the other day in the hope that my brother will buy it for my birthday!
Thanks ever so for the tip about the Newspaper Archive. I imagine that will be very helpful in my quest to create a true sense of place.
>Thank you for this. I spent one afternoon looking
>through a huge pile of photographs which my father had
>taken, and then there was an old reel of home movie,
>and then there were my parents' diaries - all
>gold-dust, as aides memoire. For the following book,
>Truant (which was about a more recent period, but one
>which, for various reasons, was harder to 'see') I
>spent a while in the National Newspaper Library in
>Colindale, north London. It's amazingly helpful and
>comprehensive. For a flavour of what was happening in
>your area in the period you are writing about you
>could contact them and ask if they have your local
>paper... assuming you were in the UK! It really is
>like looking into the entrails of past time...the
>small ads and listings etc..
>Yes, I am on Facebook!
>All best to you,
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