My new Radwinter story is galloping on; I haven’t got my usual access to my computer at the moment so I am writing by hand… it has surprised me, in a way how easily I have got back into it… I have been using a keyboard for so many years now, written so many of my novels onto the computer that putting words on a page is something I haven’t done for a very long time.
My Radwinter story is, I think – at the moment, about someone in a family exploring family history through the internet; there are so many ways now available from your own home by accessing the web. However, it would not make a very exciting read – or maybe it would be a different read if it was just an account of a trawl through genealogical sites so my characters get out and about.
Something which has happened while I have been writing this, the narrator of the story has changed name; he was Peter, now he’s Thomas. Thomas has gone to visit a woman (the reason is concealed at the moment) He has arranged to visit her but when he arrives at her beautiful house, no-on answers the door so he wanders round to the back garden, and there she is on a lounger, sun-bathing. Suddenly a man appears and accuses Thomas of being a Peeping Tom and chases him off the property after hitting him in the face. Thomas drives quickly away, a mixture of outrage, embarrassment and humiliation churning within. But who was the woman? And who was the man who attacked Thomas?
I do most of my family history research on the net; I have a large copy of a family tree which an aunt did by travelling all round the county where our family lived and actually looking at parish records, and going to other places where she could painstakingly trawl through actual documents. Some people are very critical of people like me who do all our research online; but how else could I do it, I live at the the side of the country from where my ancestors lived. In fact I live on the other side of the world from where my great-grand-father lived, he was born in Tasmania!