As I developed the characters, the old woman, Nancy Miller, began to come alive. She is a famous artist, someone who is well known for her work but nobody knows anything about her life. She is almost eighty and tottering on the edge of Alzheimer’s, crotchety and paranoiac, but devoted to her only son. As she begins work on her memoirs, with the aid of a young woman called Ana, she soon realises that there are questions that she does not want to answer and information that she doesn’t want revealed. What had happened to her husband? Who was the father of her son? Why had she moved to Spain, leaving family and friends behind in England? Was the secret hidden in her paintings? All these questions and more plague Ana, who is determined to write a faithful record of the artist’s life. Piece by piece she doggedly reconstructs Nancy’s past but when she finally believes that she has discovered what Nancy’s secrets are, she doesn’t know what to do with the information. Should she include it in the book? If she does she runs the risk of destroying Nancy’s reputation and upsetting her family.
S&H Publishing are an international company based in Virginia, USA and so, for me, it’s very exciting to think that my books will reach a new, wider audience in America and elsewhere in the world.