I have just come home after a few days in what I call my second home – Lincolnshire. I was born in Yorkshire and have lived all my life there but keep an open mind about what lies beyond its borders having seen a great deal of what does. I came to know Lincolnshire and its people because of the Second World War. I trained as a Bomb Aimer so it was only natural that I joined a Bomber Squadron flying out of Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire got into my blood and that was thickened when two of my daughters chose to live in that county. So my association with Lincolnshire has continued from that first posting to a Lincolnshire airfield.
As I became a writer it was natural for me to use Yorkshire backgrounds to my novels written under the name of Jessica Blair. Then the time came to spread my wings further afield and so I turned to my second home for backgrounds. It was natural to use those airfields and inhabit them with imaginary people living as we had lived on the tide of war. The titles of my books that embrace this theme and have a relevance next year (the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War) are
THE RESTLESS SPIRIT (RAF, Fighter Command & Bomber Command)
WINGS OF SORROW (Navy, RAF, Land Army, American Air Force)
IN THE SILENCE OF THE SNOW (RAF, Land Army, SOE)
WHISPERS IN THE SNOW (RAF, Bomber Command) a Novella to be published as an ebook on 4th December 2014)
JUST ONE MORE DAY (RAF, Bomber Command) to be published February 2015