Wednesday, 16 October 2013
I'm a Cover Girl! - Read My Story 'Letters From the Past' in The People's Friend
I was very excited when I got to the newsagents to see that my story, Letters From the Past, is the cover story for this month's People's Friend magazine.The girl in the picture is stunning and exactly as I pictured her when I wrote it.The illustration is by the talented Andre Leonard. I love his work and have been lucky enough to have had my stories partnered with his pictures a few times now.
Now for the inspiration behind the story. I was eating a bowl of mussels in a restaurant and it stirred a memory of a holiday I had in France when I was younger (before I had children). One place we visited was the Ile de Re on the west coast near La Rochelle. We hired bikes and cycled for miles round the island and then, tired and hungry, found a little seafront restaurant where we ate mussels and drank wine.
I knew I wanted to write about this place and decided to work it into the shared memories of the young couple in my story. The scene where Mark struggles with his French and asks for a fisherman instead of a peach is something I myself did on another French holiday a few years later!
This story is written from the point of view of the young man, so please don't think that just because the magazine is aimed at female readers that they will only accept female points of view. In fact quite a few of my stories have had male protagonists.
I always say, write a story you love and, whatever the viewpoint, you have a good chance of the editors loving it too.