Editing the flood – from fiction to fact

On Boxing Day 2015, when I was at the final editing stage of my debut novel, Ruby and the Blue Sky, I got a disconcerting surprise.  The novel is set in Leeds, in the near future of 2021.  I was expecting to start last year taming the semi-colons and line-breaks identified by my kind and ruthless proof readers. Instead, I had to confront a flood I had invented as fiction, based on a historical event from 1866, happening for real.

You can read about the Leeds Boxing Day flood, how I handled it in editing Ruby and the Blue Sky and how that all led to my novel as a museum piece in my guest blog published today on Leeds Big Bookend, here >


My thanks to Fiona Gell for featuring the piece. Read the full story on Leeds Big Bookend >


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