There, that’s a good way to get your attention. Actually, I will give you a wee spoiler, but not just yet. You’ll have to put up with my waffle for a while.
Welcome to my tale of how, ‘A Wing and a Prayer’, came about. I was first published back in November 2017 with a Romantic Drama cum Comedy titled, ‘The Season for Love’ then, my health took a knock which I’ve just about got over. During this time, I tried to pick up my writing, but it didn’t work. Then, one of my good friends in the Romantic Novelists Association had the idea of suggesting I try something new. I didn’t, at the time, have any thoughts about writing in another genre.
At this time, I happened to be watching a documentary on the television about the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary called, ‘Spitfire Women’. This really got my interest and I started to research these people. Very quickly, I had the very rough outline of a story about 4 women pilots and their friends. Not a complete story, as I can’t plan well, not much, but this one managed to crawl out of my head and onto the page enough where I knew the ending and how I was going to start it – actually, a new beginning came a month or so after I’d originally finished as a new and better start came to mine.
The characters too seemed to come fully formed Particularly my sole American pilot and a certain black and white Cocker Spaniel, named Bobby – the spaniel, not the American – more of whom later. They are all based at a genuine ATA base, RAF Hamble, though that is as far as the genuine article goes, as I’ve given the base a fictional commander. Here’s the spoiler alert thing – Bobby is central to a major scene in ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ however, he also has his own story thread running through the series which I hope the readers will love as much as I’ve loved writing it!
Since I began the story which became A Wing and a Prayer’, I’ve received nothing but support both from this wonderful organization and also various WW2 – and other era’s – saga authors. At no point have I ever encountered resistance to my various requests for aid and, sometimes, these have been multiple during a single day. I found another group of friends just when they were needed the most and I cannot wait for things to get back to normal so I can thank as many of them as possible in person. Being a male author in a predominantly female genre – as indeed is the Romance genre – is quite an experience and I’ve tried to show them all how much I appreciate it. I hope I’ve done so.
And where am I now? Well, book 2 is with my long-suffering editor – bless her little cotton socks – and I hope that this will be out next year. I am currently writing book 3 and this is the Christmas one! I am so loving the research of this!
Finally, I’d like to think I’m paying my own kind of homage to these brave women (and men). They deserve our thanks.
Finally, finally, many thanks for having me and for being a big part of ‘A Wing and a Prayer’s’ book blog tour, I hope we may do this again soon. Take good care!
When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.
Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.
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Author Bio –
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.
Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.
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