Those of you who have read my article THE SHADOW AT MY SIDE can probably guess what’s coming. Three weeks ago, I lost my little shadow. For fifteen years, Kes has been my constant companion, walking at my side, sleeping at my side, a happy, smiling, non-judgemental presence who has brightened my life on dull … More The Hardest Gift to Give
What an Achievement! Jaykishan, my friend from a country I’ve never visited, but nobody who follows my blog will be surprised; music flows through my writing, and this is a very special time. An Editor’s Pick! Congratulations my friend.? Jaykishan grew up in a family to which music is a blessing from God. Music is…
I suppose this is the sort of image most of us have of a writer at work – the relaxed serenity of creativity, the beautiful uncluttered workplace, the light from a window that overlooks a garden. Is it time, I wonder, to bust the myth? I’m not saying there aren’t writers who fit this image … More A writer’s life – (or suffering for your art).
My father’s family is not so squeaky clean when it comes to its family history. After researching and revealing my mother’s family scandals, I thought it only fair to delve into Dad’s family. I’m nothing if not fair… I knew that his grandfather had married sisters. My grandmother, Grandma Toadle, and my Great-Aunt Grace had … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – KINDRED AND AFFINITY
Where do authors find the inspirations for their stories? This trilogy, or a least, book one because I didn’t start out to write a trilogy, was inspired by an article on the television program Flog It! They were visiting the Black Country Living Museum in what was in the early twentieth century the heart of … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE CHAINMAKERS TRILOGY
After writing the trilogy based on my maternal grandmother’s family misdeeds, I felt the need to delve into my grandfather’s family. I knew he was born in the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire Boughton Estate village of Warkton, near Kettering – a beautiful little village of thatched ironstone cottages set around a church. I lived not … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE DANDELION CLOCK
More inside information about the inspirations behind another story. Anyone who has read my short story, Ooh, Air Margrit, https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/ooh-air-margrit/ will know that I come from ‘a good family’. Not my words, the words of the lay preacher who conducted my mother’s funeral. Read the short story if you want a laugh, though it was … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – FOR THEIR COUNTRY’S GOOD TRILOGY.
This third book in my little library was the hardest topic I’ve ever written about. Once I began researching it, I knew I had to write Touching the Wire. The initial inspiration came from a television report about Nazi war criminals living incognito after the war. Joseph Mengele, the doctor who carried out horrendous medical … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – TOUCHING THE WIRE
The Silence of the Stones was the second of my novels to be published; a mystery, set in beautiful West Wales where I live, it almost wrote itself. The initial inspiration came from a holiday with a young friend to China in the autumn of 1989, six months before the Tiananmen Square massacre. We’d been … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE SILENCE OF THE STONES
What inspirations kick-start a story? What life experiences endow it with realism and emotion? What message is the author trying to get across? The first story I was moved to tell was inspired by the science behind climate change, the science as it stood in 2010 that is. I tried to imagine the effect climate … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE CHILD OF PROPHECY.