By Anna Bell
The number one question that people ask me about my books is whether they are based on real life, and whilst things do inspire me, the majority of my novels are pure fiction. However, I was recently so moved by one of my friend’s stories that it has inspired me to write a book about it. The only thing stopping me from starting it was asking that friend’s permission.
It seems to be a common thing now when friends are regaling me with stories about their love lives, or even the love lives of their friends and family, that they tell me I could write a book about it. But I wonder what those people would actually do if I did decide to write their story. Are they serious? Would they be pleased? Usually they are the funny moments in their lives that they want to share. How would my friend deal with me asking to write a story of theirs that was sad?
When I decided I wanted to write my friend’s story I was really nervous about broaching the subject with him. It centres around the relationship with his daughter and it’s a really emotional and sensitive topic, and I wondered if I was crossing a line writing about it. I knew that I had to ask him before I started writing, and when I met up with him recently it was the perfect opportunity to ask.