Bring Life Into Focus!!
I have quite a few good dare I say brilliant ideas from time to time and in 2010 writing was one of them. I had read this article by a reviewer in the Sunday Telegraph and having wanted to write for a long time decided it was now or never. But what to write about? how to go about telling a story? So I decided to write about a subject I know about Sailing ships! Royal Naval men of war frigaets, sloops all of them but in the 1700-1800’s as this way I could join history with society and the social acceptances of those times.
Writing with history is, in some ways, a blank page. As long as the historical facts are correct you can have fun, tell a raucous story, adventure is round every corner AS LONG AS THE HISTORICAL FACTS ARE RIGHT. I have read books where ships of the line who not only didn’t exist but were never in that particular battle, fought alongside Nelson and others. It didn’t matter they were fictional, the story was told in such a way that not only you were there but you could see them there in your mind’s eye. But these were purely naval adventure stories, I wanted to look at the lives of the men who lived on board. The women, wives even children – ships muster lists so informative – and tell the story of one man with plenty of bodice ripping in it to please the reviewer.
I suppose I also wanted to write for women, a love story with a strong handsome hero , the heroine not so chaste or timid but alive and lusty, hence Jason Watson was born and A Soldiers Wind took flight.
Writing also makes you think. You cannot write about times in other century’s with the mindset, morals, attitudes and eyes of modern-day. Things were very different, people were different the way they looked at life was different. If you were rich or had money you could live a comfortable life, possibly marry into nobility or at least a man with money, on the other hand if you were poor living hand to mouth or working on the land things were very different. The Lord of the Manor had the right to sleep with a bride before her wedding day, or any woman who he fancied, it was also considered a sign of favor by the girls/woman’s family.
That said I very much enjoy my research and the actual writing of the story. A Bengal Poppy (the second book in the series) takes a look at the East India Company and the Chinese will still not admit that they bought Opium from the East India Company for silver. (it was the only thing they would pay silver for) Here you find Jason up to his neck in war, battles, drugs and of course, his women.
My latest book in this series Tormented Loyalties is now out on kindle.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc