Freedom for Authors

Freedom for Authors

Freedom for authors

Lockdown restrictions following the global pandemic finally reached the UK on 19th July this year.  We’d had a few ‘false starts’ – where we thought restrictions would lift, but then they didn’t because the number of COVID cases was still too high.  So, we all approached the 19th of July with a mixture of excitement and fear.  Anticipation at seeing friends and family again, going to sporting events and the theatre, lots of things that had been off-limits for ages.  But also worry that fewer restrictions would lead to a rise in cases.  Nevertheless, the general mood over the approach of ‘Freedom Day’ (as it was dubbed in the press) was excitement.

I was much more ambivalent than some of my friends and colleagues as July 19th approached, and out on a walk with my dog Ted, I was pondering about why this should be the case.  My freedom had been severely curtailed during the pandemic, along with everyone else.  And then, of course, it hit me!  As an author, I live mostly in my imagination, hanging around with the characters in my books.  So, although, like everyone else, I was physically in lock-down, in my author’s world I was free as a bird!

It’s generally a wonderful thing to be stuck in author mode, inhabiting these new worlds that you’ve created, and hanging around with the gang that you’ve invented. But sometimes it can be a bit of a pain. When you’ve got a deadline, or your plot just won’t work out, and you have to re-live a scene over and over to get it just right ….  That’s when you would welcome some politicians coming in and saying, ‘okay, you can move on with your life now ….’ 

As an author, the only way you can escape your self-imposed lockdown is to do the work and write the book! 

Perhaps publication day should be re-named ‘Freedom Day’ for authors?

 

 

 

 

The setting for the Durham Dog Walker Mysteries

The setting for the Durham Dog Walker Mysteries

Bockenbury Village

The Durham Dog Walker Mysteries are set in the fictional village of Bockenbury, in County Durham, England.

I have invented the village, but my inspiration is from many of the Co Durham villages located near to my home.  To make the village clear in my mind, I drew a plan of it – thought I’d share it with you so that you follow some of the action in the books.

One of the tricky things about developing a village is thinking what to call it!   I derived the name for the dog walker’s village from a list of lost settlements in the United Kingdom.  It is a hybrid of Bockenfield in Northumberland and Carlbury in Durham, giving us BOCKENBURY.

 

 

What are musings?

What are musings?

According to the laws of website design, this should be a blog. And I do want to share information with you, my dear readers. But I don’t know if I want to write a blog, and if I commit to it then it will take up valuable time when I could be writing books!

So instead, I decided to let myself off the hook a bit and call this a musings page instead. So I will add to it when I get the overwhelming urge to share something with you, and not write in it to a schedule, just because the website peeps say I should.

I hope that is OK with you. 😊