Busy as a bee reading over the proofs for my next novel, Middle Watch. It never ceases to amaze me how many little errors still remain when I could have sworn I sent a perfect copy to the publishers! It's a good thing we get a chance to look it all over before the final signing off.
The Crimson Bed was set in Victorian Times and The Long Shadow in WW1 but this exciting story takes place during the early 1950's to 1960's when lighthouses here in Britain were still manually operated. The term Middle Watch is a naval one, the watches being designated times of duty on board a ship. Lighthouse keepers followed the same routine as the Navy and the middle watch was from 12.00 midnight to 4.am and said to be the loneliest time of the day. My story follows the adventurers and passions of an orphan girl who spends her life living round the lighthouses off the English coasts. The sense of always being in the middle, between two warring men in Bridie's case, permeates the book.
Lighthouses always fascinate us, they are symbols for so many things. I loved writing this tale and hope people will love reading it.