Creating Character, A Guest Post by Anna Franklin Osborne, Author of Walking Wounded

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I’m delighted to welcome Anna Franklin Osborne, author of Walking Wounded to Linda’s Book Bag today in association with Emma Mitchell PR. Anna’s story Walking Wounded hinges around people from her own family and it’s wonderful to find out more about them today.

Walking Wounded is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here. I’m also sharing a link to a giveaway to enter to win one of two signed copied of Walking Wounded.

Walking Wounded

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Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.

Creating Character

A Guest Post by Anna Franklin Osborne

Most, but not all of my characters were inspired by family legend and folk lore. Some were real and I knew them very well, some were dead long before I was born and their characteristics were invented by me to ‘fill in the gaps’ which were never talked about within the family.

I loved writing about May but also found it quite traumatic because she was so blind to help herself. I felt she was such a complex person – her main character trait of always believing the best of everyone was also her main downfall. She always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt, always believing that they would ‘come good,’ ironically failing to protect her only child as a result. This refusal to see the truth before her eyes was also aided and abetted by those around her, even her sister wondered if one violent outburst by Jimmy had been provoked by his little girl not being cooperative and loving enough. This collusion in violence intrigued me, and it is interesting to hear the debates on Radio 4 because of last year’s Archer’s story line, discussing how so many people do not see what is happening to their family although the signs are clearly there to be read. It would seem that it is more comfortable to see what we want to see rather than what is actually visible…

I have no further plans for these characters – I have been asked about a sequel but I prefer to start afresh. I love history and want to go back, not forwards!

Most of my reviewers to date have loved Stanley. He was actually my favourite character too – honourable and brave, artistic and sensitive. I wish I had known the real Stanley. The letter he wrote to his wife showed how he had truly reflected on why he was fighting his own war, not just because of any social pressure or being called up, but because of what it had done to his family and country in the past. He needed to see an end.

I mixed truth, rumour and conjecture in this story, and created characters that meant the world to me. I need to get my teeth into my next novel now to get to know some more.

Giveaway

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Click here to enter to win one of two signed copies of Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne. This giveaway is independent from Linda’s Book Bag.

About Anna Franklin Osborne

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Anna has always worked in health care, and more recently in education, and like so many other parents, hit a tiny crisis a few years ago when she felt that her purpose in life had narrowed to not an awful lot more than dashing between her two jobs and being a mummy taxi.

She managed to find time to begin singing with a choir, and that helped her feel that she might have a more creative side to herself. One evening, her husband was out and, quite suddenly, she decided to Start Writing.

After several short stories and RSI Anna was walking along a D-Day beach for no other grander reason than her ferry home from France being late, and she began telling her children about her three great-uncles who were part of that day, and her grandmother who sewed parachutes for the paratroopers jumping over Normandy. Anna’s husband looked at her and smiled and said, ‘you do actually have a story there, you know….’

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