What inspires you to write a novel?
All it took for me was an email and a photo and I was hooked.
Haynes Park Army Camp 1915
Here’s the photo:
And here’s the gist of the email:
‘Did you know that a young Jersey girl was murdered at Haynes Park, near to where you live, back in 1919? The murder was never solved.’
The inspiration to write my first murder mystery ‘Murder, Now and Then’ was born!
Inspired to delve deeper I discovered this photo at the Bedford archives. The young ladies quickly became my characters, as did the owner and driver of the car – but what was the car?
I needed a car which looked like the above and was manufactured before World War One. Searching on the internet and asking several people for their opinion we decided to call it an ‘Austin 7hp.’
Imagine my surprise and delight to receive a comment on Facebook yesterday morning from a friend @PaulFellows who informed me that the car was really a Morris Oxford or Morris Cowley.
Many apologies for car lovers for this error in my novel. Not that you would know of course since there are no pictures in ‘Murder, Now and Then’ Morris;-)
Just another hint about ‘Clue Go!’ which will take place in October 2015.
There will be three parts and the first one you can begin right now!
Get your cameras and your copies of ‘Murder, Now and Then’ to the ready because in order to win the biggest prize you need to get out and about and snap photos of yourselves on location with a copy of ‘Murder, Now and Then’
Those of you in and around Bedfordshire, why don’t you pop to Thurleigh Museum and Twinwoods before they close for the winter.
There are loads of interesting places in Bedfordshire to visit and places to drop into for refreshments.
Or – If you are in Canada, Jersey, on Alderney, in Godalming Surrey – in fact locations in ‘Murder, Now and Then’ – or anywhere else in the world to be honest, there will be smaller prizes for you too.
So go on – Get Snapping!
Copies of the book can be bought at Waterstones, Bedford, ordered at any bookshop in the UK or bought on Amazon in most places of the world!
Murder, now and then available on Amazon
Update on ‘Murder, now and then’ by Diana Jackson
Leaving WW1 and ‘Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home’ for a while I return to my recently released Bedfordshire murder mystery.
Reviewed by Tony:
“Think Midsomer murders meets Bergerac, set in the near future and based on an actual murder that took place in 1919, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from Diana Jackson’s latest thriller. Unlikely coincidences keep you guessing and, in classic murder mystery style, have you changing your mind several times about the killer’s identity – or who the next victim might be.
I particularly liked the evocative scenes set in Diana’s much-loved Channel Islands and could easily imagine this book as a successful TV drama. The eventual denouement is original and inventive – I definitely didn’t see it coming! Highly recommended, Murder, Now and Then is one of those books you can’t put down until the mystery is solved.”
A great big thanks to Marcus Webb for putting together the ‘Murder, now and then’ video:
In the autumn I will be visiting a few fairs, making a couple of talks and generally getting out and about, but in the next couple of months on this blog, I will be doing a virtual tour of the places important to ‘Murder, now and then’ and celebrating the lovely, but underrated county of Bedfordshire, with hidden gems and places to visit and explore.