Monday, 7 July 2014
Inspiration Behind the Story - My Bournemouth Belle
I'm fascinated with the idea of trainspotting. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to stand on a platform for hours with notebook in hand but I love the idea that someone gets as much satisfaction out of writing down the names of trains as I do in writing down the names of my stories.
I also recently visited Amberley museum and Heritage Centre with my nine year old grandson. It's somewhere I used to take my children when they were small and the highlight of the day would be a ride on the steam train. How lovely to be able to experience it all again... and get to see James Bolam who was visiting with his wife.
"There's Grandpa in My Pocket," my grandson whispered in the cafeteria. He looked more like a Likely Lad to me.
What luck then, when a chance remark by a good friend gave me the opportunity to put these two things together into a short story.
"I've a model steam engine in a box,?" she said. It was a collectible that her father had bought for her one year old grandson for when he was older. "It's lovely but I'm not sure what he'll do with it."
In my story, My Bournemouth Belle, published last week in The People's Friend, Darren wonders why his late father, Lenny, who he's always believed favoured his successful brother, Robin, has left him a Hornby Train Set. We go back to the sixties to find out how train spotter Lenny's love of steam trains brought him and his wife together helping Darren to realise that he and his father are not so different after all.
If you would like to read more about my writing for The People's Friend, I am over at Susan Jones' blog today. Do pop over there for a visit - you'll be very welcome.