A big thank you to Barnet Synagogue book club who had me come and talk to them yesterday evening about God’s Will and the Yellow Dress.
I’m very happy to say that nine of their members turned up and I was warmly welcomed into their fold as I revealed the story behind the story, and shared details of my trip to Lithuania when I travelled with a Jewish American Genealogy Group in 2013 to check out the shtetls — some of them with their old landscape and buildings still intact — and the social history documented in the archives in Vilnius.
Firstly, a big thank you to the lovely and talented Lisa Goll who asked me to participate in this blog hop. So friends, here are the answers to those very telling questions:
What am I working on at the moment?
I’m spending a lot of time on promotion for Mesmerised my debut novel. It’s historical fiction set in 1863 in Paris. The protagonist is Dr Paul Gachet, fellow artist, friend and homeopath to the impressionists. As a homeopath of over twenty years standing I was drawn to the life of Dr Gachet and his avant garde friends, especially Edouard...
Andrew Miller explains the process as 'like a dream'.
When I was writing the first draft of Mesmerised the story came to me quite whole, but also in scenes. I thought of myself as the transcriber rather than the writer and went along with the whole subliminal process of getting the story down. About half way through the novel I took a trip to Paris. I had already written scenes involving the hospital where Gachet (the protaganist) worked, and the building where he lived. Prior to my trip I was fu...