I’m always anxious when a new book comes out but I’m extra anxious this time.
This book is set in the 60’s and people may not like the change from contemporary fiction. They will also spot mistakes, I’m sure of it.
I am so much of a pedant I even drive myself mad. I genuinely think every publisher, film maker, tv company should have a dedicated Old Person to pick up mistakes. I complained about the flowers in Poldark (so modern, and we didn’t have dahlias then) I noticed the lemon drizzle cake in a pre War drama (not invented until the 60’s) and I raged about a First Class stamp in a novel set in the Victorian era. I subsequently discovered that my old book group read this, all women my age, and no one commented. It is just me! And don’t start me on ‘you may kiss the bride’ which is a relatively new thing, not present in The Book of Common Prayer so while it’s fine to have it in a modern wedding (she winces slightly) not one before we were influenced by America. (Although apparently if you’re hoping for your television drama to sell to the US you have to put it in. Hmm.)
So for me to write about a period which isn’t the current one, even if I was there (although young!) is taking a risk. I’m bound to have made a few howlers.
That said, I loved escaping into a different, safer area. Lots of memories emerged when I was writing it and many of them were put in. Sadly, a lot of the more romantic elements are completely made up.
I do hope those of you who give it a go enjoy it. And if you spot anything hugely wrong please accept that I tried really, really, hard to get it right.
Ooohhh fabulous! Straight on to my birthday wish list! I love it when people try something new, I’m sure it will be wonderful xx
February 21, 2021
Looking forward to it Katie!! Congrats on the new book and i’m sure i’ll be completely enthralled by it as usual😁
February 19, 2021
Sue Meager says...
Trust me, you’re not alone! I sit shouting at the television when a period drama is on, and when the language of the wrong era is used in novels (and sadly in Downton Abbey!)