As a girl, I cut my teeth on adventure books, like Alistair Maclean’s Ice Station Zebra and HMS Ulysses and I was mad keen on Rider Haggard, my fav being King Solomon’s Mines. Now all that love of adventure and daring-do, trickles out in my stories. I’m writing another World War 2 saga for October 2017 - and loving it.
The backdrop for my lead character, young widow and store owner Molly Swift, is 1940’s war-torn London. The high velocity Blitz bombing over the East End has been non-stop for three months. Molly has already lost her husband to the British Expeditionary Force’s disastrous Dunkirk campaign. Sadder still, her little daughter Emily has perished in the pre-war flu outbreak. Enough sadness to make anyone’s heart break!
During the Blitz, Molly leans on her dad for emotional support but when a bomb drops outside the store, they both escape death by the skin of their teeth. You’d think Molly would be at the end of her tether, having lost her family, nearly her dad, and almost her livelihood. But then something happens to turn her world around. Into this cocktail of conflict comes a chance to seize love - and live again. Her conundrum is, can she help two youngsters who have lost their mother in an air raid? Their dad is in the merchant navy, notorious for its tragic losses to enemy u-boats. Chances are, Mark and Evie will never see their dad again. Is Molly courageous enough to take on the responsibility of two little orphans?
In Molly’s place, would you consider waiting each week for a letter, a telegram, or an abrupt “lost without trace”? And then, when the notification finally arrives, have to deliver the blow to your innocent charges?
Molly’s already lost so much, so wouldn’t it be easier to give up the kids for evacuation and let someone else shoulder the problem? After all, she’s just a stranger to them really.
So far, the story has me on the edge of my seat. When you are writing this kind of drama, all sorts of emotions come in - if you let them. That’s what makes the story powerful, because you wholeheartedly partake.
And I hope Molly’s story will be just as exciting for you too when it’s published next year. I’ll keep you posted with more news about Molly but for now, I’m sending cosy thoughts on this very seasonal autumn day. Until next time, much love Carol. xx