The idea for the story came from a Helen Dunmore book I bought for my wife.The story called The Greatcoat is about a young girl who finds an old RAF greatcoat, and adores the smells it evokes.
The first version of my story appeared in my short story e-book
http s://www.draft2digital.com/book/3249 this version was written as a gift for the judges of a 2012 Facebook writing contest. For further details on the events of the contest - which put me back two years - read my posts I must be good and She won.
At this time I was one of a number of people writing stories for a friend's blog; my friend asked me if I had thought about turning the 1,500 word post into a story, as it was the most popular post on her blog. At that time I hadn't thought of the idea, I was in a contest mindset, and never thought beyond 3,500 words for a story.
My friend's comment was atypical of many I had received from other friends; my stories always got more attention than other people's work.
The Love of the Sea.
The first extended version was the story The Love of the Sea https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32521 this is only a short version and was later extended.
A Sailor's Love.
When I started I thought I would be good if I could stretch the blog to 5,000 words. I was wrong, as I wrote the story, the characters and their lives became alive. I finally stopped the story at around 35,000 words; not because the story ended, but because after over a year on it, I wondered was it worth it?
Helmut & Jannine.
On this blog you'll find many posts from 2013 about the life, loves, and worries of my heroine Jannine, and her lover, Helmut.
The story does have a few erotic moments, but it is NOT erotica. This story is a spiritual romance.
Wagner, Britten & Charlotte Bronte.
I like to think of the story as a mixture of the mystery of The Flying Dutchman,the honesty of Peter Grimes, and the raw passions of Wuthering Heights.