Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Trouble at Mill!
I have gathered some information about the working conditions from my own memories of visiting my grandma who worked in the mills and also from my mum, who in those days worked there too. But some of the detail I need is missing and so I trawled the Internet looking for information about this industry. Eventually I found a web site that allowed people to add their memories of areas from all over the UK and one such area was perfect for my research. So I signed up with the website and then contacted one of the contributors.
Mr Ingleson kindly answered my emails and has provided a wonderful insight into that period of time. My story is not about the working conditions in a wool mill, but one about three families, and like my previous books, it will be an emotional story, filled with love, happiness and tears. But as two of my characters work there, it is important that I make sure everything about their time in the mill will be as true as possible. And thanks to my mum, the memories of my grandma and Mr Ingleson, I think it should take the reader, with all the noise and airborne fluff right into the spinning room. So hopefully they'll be no trouble at mill!
I will keep you updated on progress!