I’ve always been fascinated by military conflict. As a child growing up my favourite pass time was reading divisional histories, the first holiday I remember was when I badgered my Father into taking me to the Somme, Ypres and Verdun. My university degree was in history and my dissertation was about the German Spring Offensives of 1918.
The First World War has always been an obsession for me and for years I have toyed with the idea of writing a series of stories set in the trenches. With the centenary of the outbreak of war rapidly approaching I’ve decided that now is the time to turn my hand to Great war related fiction.
The First world war was such a vast, brutal struggle that narrowing down exactly what stories I want to tell and why is a difficult task. What I do know is that I want my tales to be historically accurate, as detailed as possible and based on real events. I also want to tell the war from the perspective of the PBI – the poor bloody infantryman and so I have created the character of Harry Blake and the imaginary Royal North Leicestershire Regiment. I will follow them from the opening shots of the war through to the armistice and possibly beyond. . .My plan is to write numerous short stories that I will publish for your perusal on the blog. I would love it if you used the comments section below each story to offer any advice and criticism or simply to point out a silly spelling error.
They say that you should always write the book you’d like to read and that is exactly what I am hoping to do. Growing up I loved the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell and also the Wotan series by Leo Kessler (aka Charles Whiting) – My stories will tip their hat tip to these inspirations while hopefully offering something unique in the realm of Great War fiction. It should be a fun journey and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.