My fictional ‘Lord George Wilde’s Circus’ (© Drew Thomas 2020) took shape at a pace that makes it seem that it was there anyway and that I just had to find it.
‘Lord’ George Wilde (deceased) b.1893 = Wilhelmina b.1894
‘Lord’ George Wilde b. 1924 = Mary (nee Tapley) b.1948
‘Lord’ George Wilde Jnr. b. 1972 = Amelia (Mel) Wilde b.1973
‘Lord’ Georgie b.1995 & ‘Lady’ Sarah b. 1997
WILDE WOMEN (Amelia Wilde 1) is now complete.
Future titles in the series:
DICING WITH DEATH AT GOD’S ACRES (Amelia Wilde 2)
PREMEDITATED PRANKS IN PARIS (Amelia Wilde 3)
MALICIOUS MURDER AT MONTE CARLO (Amelia Wilde 4)
CELEBRITY SLAUGHTER IN THE COTSWOLDS (Amelia Wilde 5)
My eight year old nephew looked at my to-do list (a blackboard in the kitchen) on which I’d put a large tick next to ‘KILLING MAGPIES’. I quickly allayed his fears at what I’d been doing to explain that it was the title of a recently completed novel. Needless to say, he was very relieved (as am I at having finished it!) Set on a farmstead dominated by a Queen Anne house built onto the remains of a medieval priory (the fictitious Rattledown Priory) which is run as bed & breakfast/farmshop/alpaca farm/glamping site & wedding venue, it tells the story of a failed actress who falls in love with the place before being drawn into a plot involving an ancient curse, murder and mystery.
Where, he asked, did I get my inspiration? I luckily hadn’t gone into detail about the curse and murders, so was able to wave a hand casually over the surrounding Great Ground Farm – with its alpacas, reindeer and shepherds hut and tell him that I was writing about what I know and experience daily.
‘So,’ he asked sagely, looking at the next entry on my to-do list, ‘I suppose that means I won’t come next time to find you walking on eggshells?’
During filming last week, my circus past once again raised its scarlet-coated sequinned head & the old photos got an airing. As always, I’m inclined to share…
A hectic few days filming with the BBC both at Great Ground Farm & the Royal Three Counties Show culminated in winning 5 rosettes for the five boys – Raven being awarded Reserve Champion Black Male!!!