(cont from About page)
At first my writing was in the form of short stories most of which still lie, unread by others, in notebooks and files. Finally I took three months off work to live in a remote but glorious Scottish town on the Kintyre Peninsula. With a backdrop of the famous Mull of Kintyre and overlooking the ever (for me) beguiling Isle of Jura (once home to Eric Blair- aka George Orwell) I began contemplating writing the story about the fascinating Antonio Vivaldi.
For years I'd been saying "someone should make a movie about Vivaldi". His dedication to composing music and teaching young girls who'd been abandoned at birth- passed through a hole in the wall, a scarfetta - intrigued me, especially since I'd worked for years with young women who our society had virtually abandoned within the prison system.
When I stumbled across the story of of a flute concerto by Vivaldi, recently uncovered amongst Scottish archives, I was hooked. My hobby became a serious pursuit and my novel was conceived.
I'd love to hear from others about where the ideas for their novels or short stories came from. Use the comments section on the page or via my Facebook/ email.