Updated: May 1, 2020
Welcome to my second ever blog. Not my second ever blog post; my second ever blog subject. My first blog started in 2015 and followed me on a running journey, training for my first ever half marathon in support of the wonderful hospice Dorothy House, in memory of my dear mum, Marion. It continued until I completed my first ever marathon, a big one - London - in 2017. But that is another story that has already been told.
I suppose first (or second) ever experiences are one of the reasons why people start writing blogs; to celebrate the beginning of something wonderful, something new, something that can entertain, teach and inspire others. I am in no way qualified to teach with this blog, but I truly hope to inspire.
Writing, reading and words are something I have always been passionate about, and writing is something I have practiced and enjoyed for many years, quietly, privately, and sometimes successfully. The question of should I or shouldn’t I write an actual novel has followed me throughout my life and I have finally decided to do it. Well, in truth I didn’t decide to, I have always been terrified by the idea. The story found me and won’t leave me alone. It’s begging to be written, the characters won't stop chattering away inside my head, so I have accepted the challenge of writing my first ever book. This blog will follow me on the journey; somewhere I can document all the lessons I learn along the way, as I’m sure there will be many.
Let me tell you a little about my novel: The Road to Merville is a story embodying the importance of family, and absolute courage and bravery, surrounding the lives of two young men, cousins and best friends, who join the British Army in 1942. Together they volunteer for a top secret mission that will take their battalion over to the shores of Normandy on the night before the D-Day landings; their mission must succeed before the Allied invasion can begin at dawn. This is Joseph Renard and Rhys Morgan’s journey to the Battle of the Merville Battery, but it begins long before they sign up for the fight.
I found the inspiration for this story on a visit to Normandy with my husband and two children in our little Mazda Bongo campervan in 2016. The fascinating story of the 9th Parachute Battalion's mission to disable the Merville Battery has stuck with me ever since. If it wasn't for the fact that my husband's uncle was one of those brave souls I wouldn't be writing this story at all.
If this is a subject that interests you then I hope you will follow me on the journey to getting it written. I am five chapters in so far and still terrified; I could really use some support and encouragement along the way. Thanks for reading, and see you next time.
In the meantime, if you fancy some light entertainment (I have been told it’s quite funny at times), please check out the running blog I mentioned earlier, you can find it at https://lornawaranking.wordpress.com/