We had a lovely chat whilst waiting for our late dinner and became online friends from then.
I have been following her lovely blog and now Marilyn has some exciting news to share.......
Thanks, Carol, for inviting me on to your brilliant blog to talk about my new book Baggy Pants and Bootees. I’m thrilled to be in such good company.
The idea for ‘Baggy Pants and Bootees’ came from a chance conversation with my brother-in-law who confessed one day, quite out of the blue, that he had never known his real father. A war baby, he was somehow ‘absorbed’ into a large family who lived in the town where he was born, and his past remained a taboo subject.
This got me wondering what it must be like to have no idea who you really are or where you came from. My first task in researching the book was to contact the GI and family International Search, an amazing Facebook site for people trying to find their birth families. I was greeted by the very affable John Wastle, who seemed very enthusiastic about my plan. But first he had to check with other members to see if they would be comfortable with the idea of an author becoming a member of the group. Fortunately they said ‘Yes’ and this enabled me to read and understand the heart breaking stories of adults who are still searching for their parents from the Second World War.
My heroine, Sophie’s experience is entirely fictional, and once she started the search for her own father, the character just seemed to take over the plot!
Being a child of the sixties, Sophie inevitably comes face to face with male chauvinism on the small-town newspaper where she works and, despite her best intentions, finds herself romantically involved with the office Romeo.
I have wanted to write a time-slip novel since I first read Victoria Hislop’s debut book ‘The Island’ which addressed the emotive subject of leprosy and went on to be a world best seller. Using time- slip also gave me the opportunity to write about the nineteen sixties, another amazing time in our country’s history.
I am particularly excited that Baggy Pants and Bootees has been accepted by Safkhet Publishing under their Safkhet Soul imprint. The book is scheduled for publication around the summer of 2014. Meanwhile I am busy writing my new time-slip novel about a Lancashire girl who – well – that would be telling…