Friday, 12 February 2016
Welcome to Robert's Shed - and thank You!
Hello and welcome to my shed! First of all, a big thank-you to my first subscribers, Julie (on Day One), Audrey, George, Barbara, Alex, Mick and Di, and Brenda. I'm so pleased to have support for Mister Woodreeve's Reflection right from the word go. Supporters from Dorset to Northumberland already!
I'm hoping to write regularly from the shed - at least once a week or so - with updates on progress, and also to give you some background to what inspired the novel, and how it came to be written.
It began a good few years ago, when I walked round a sharp bend on a path between tall trees - and was faced with a derelict house. A red-brick two-storey house, with ash saplings sprouting from the brickwork. There on the door was the name: WOODREEVE'S COTTAGE. Who had lived there? What is or was a woodreeve? I can still see it, in my mind's eye. That was the moment when the story began, the journey which led me to write Mister Woodreeve's Reflection.