|SS Minneapolis 1900|
Characters tell each other things in the wrong order, recognise people they have not yet met and reveal stuff they shouldn't know - fortunately my lovely editor has pointed these glaring errors and I am in the process of putting them right.
Next time - if there is one - I'll write a shorter story.
I have been asked what inspired this story which takes place on the SS Minneapolis on its maiden voyage from New York to London in March 1900. I was trawling through Newspaper reports for that era and came across one published in the New York Times dated December 1899 that I knew I could make a story out of.
I cannot reproduce it here as that would reveal three quarters of the clue. However there is a postscript to the creation of this novel I can mention, in that during the WW1 Centenary celebrations this summer, I delved into the fragmented family records including my grandfather's service record.
Amongst the snippets of information, was one saying that his regiment were sent to France in October 1914, where they fought at Ypres. The ship was the SS Minneapolis - something of which I was completely unaware when looking for a steamship on which to base my murder mystery.
In fact on further investigation I discovered all the 'Minne' class steamships of the Atlantic Transport Line were used as troopships during WW1. A possible clue for the 'Twilight Zone' music, and for anyone born after 1980, and I don't mean the vampire movie.