Good morning! I write from the relative calm of my childhood bedroom in Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland. It is 6am. We are almost at midsummer and so the hours of darkness are ever scarce and light streams through the faded threadbare curtains. I had forgotten how much the seabirds party throughout the long daynights here and I think my parents may have new babies on their roof judging by the incessant levels of chatter. Isn’t it funny how every bedroom window has it’s own unique external soundtrack? Don’t forget to take a moment to pause, listen and appreciate your own one.
Why is this significant? Well, this is my first trip home in a very long time thanks to CoVid. I have come alone as I hope to find some time to work on my next novel. I have a few working drafts of things on the go, but my attention will finally be turned to writing my second childrens’ novel – a prequel to The Mystery of Insch Brae House. This was always going to need an immersive spell to get going. There’s something about needing to be on location with this project that stops me whenever I try to write those first lines. I am finally here. No excuses needed.
I come bearing fresh knowledge about my own heritage. A nearby fishing village and a great great grandmother who lived there in what history relates (somewhat cryptically) as “difficult circumstances.”
I need to find the sands she walked on to uncover the ties that she had to break to change the course of her children’s children’s children’s children’s destinies for the better. I want to tell something of her story in mine; give my leading young lady (Muriel) some context. I want to give some true grit to her DNA.
I can’t wait to share this journey with you.
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