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Remembrance

poppyMostly Jersey is known as a holiday island, but many people also travel here to visit historical monuments littering this small island. Having spent years researching the Great War in Broken Faces and the Second World War (for a sequel I’ve written but am uncertain about publishing), I’ve become fascinated both by what others have coped with during war, and, as in Jersey and the other Channel Islands, with Occupation.

In Jersey we’re surrounded by bunkers, part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall on the beach nearest to my home, as well as the Jersey War Tunnels, known as HO8 depicting stories of the horrors of the Occupation and also resistance. The Second World War is not something that will, can be, or should be forgotten on this island, or on the other Channel Islands.

We also have the almost hidden reminders of the prisoner of war camp, Les Blanches Banques – here’s the link for more about it – also down in St Ouen’s bay behind our stretch of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

There’s much to remind me on a daily basis, either when I drive somewhere and pass one of the bunkers, or when I’m researching my historical novels, which is probably why remember those who suffered and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice, every day and why I’m always in awe of people who suffered life-changing injuries and had to cope with those changes and learn to live with them.

Rembrance. Lest we forget.

 

 

 

Novella – Beautiful Faces

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This winter I’ll be putting the final touches on to my prequel to Broken Faces, Beautiful Faces.

This novella is the story of the lives leading up to the start of the Great War, it shows a brief insight into Lexi’s love for Freddie, while Freddie hides his secret adoration of his best friend Charles’s fiance, Lexi. You’ll discover their hopes and plans for a future that is cruelly shattered by the war from which none of them will escape unscathed.

The cover is a picture of my paternal grandmother, Mary, who was born in Meerut, India where she lived while her father, one of the 17th 21st Lancers were stationed there. I based Freddie on my great-grandfather, a blonde, handsome cavalryman who went on to fight in the Great War where the lives of cavalrymen was very different to any other battles they’d experienced before.

I hope you like the novella and hope to publish it in January 2017.

Words, Words, Words

Back in March I attended a drinks party and preview of an exhibition in the Story of Jersey Gallery at the Jersey Museum for a project developed in partnership with the Jersey Festival of Words, ‘Words, Words, Words’. (Here’s a scary picture of me standing next to my piece for the project).
Debs MuseumTwenty-five local writers – authors, poets, playwrights and journalists – were given a random exhibit with the challenge of writing a 60 word label.

My object was a flattened musket ball that had been shot into the shoulder of a Mrs Fiott when she looked out of her window to see what was going on during the Battle of Jersey on 6 January 1781. My story is called, The Keepsake and it was exciting to see it printed up and standing next to the objects that I’d been sent to write about (the musket ball and a small painted miniature of Mrs Fiott).

The labels are on display  at the Jersey Museum from Saturday 12 March and the project is well worth visiting. In fact the museum is a ‘must see’ if you live on the island, or visit here. I’ve eaten lunch at the brilliant brasserie there and had drinks, I’ve also attended talks with the Jersey Writers in rooms at the museum but I haven’t taken the time to look around the fascinating history of this island for far too long.

It was a wonderful evening and I’m delighted to have been asked to take part.

Sequel to Broken Faces

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I’m busily working on the sequel to Broken Faces, Splintered Lives, and spending many happy hours writing in my shed.

This book returns to Freddie, Lexi, Charles and Meri from Broken Faces, but it’s now 22 years later and World War 2 has been declared. It’s the story of love, loss and determination that despite impossible odds two lovers will be reunited.

War has been declared and David has to leave his fiance to return to his home in Shropshire. Miserable and desperate to take part in the war effort he joins the RAF. Grace is a young Jersey girl who can’t bear the thought of being apart from David but her devotion to her mother and disabled father means that she is unable to leave Jersey. Soon the island is taken over by the Nazis and the five year Occupation of the Channel Islands begins.

Splintered Lives will be published by Green Shutter Books in September 2016.

About Deborah Carr

Georgina Troy - HeadshotI live in Jersey and have been a contributor/reviewer/deputy editor of Novelicious.com for over six years. I’m a member of the Society of Authors, Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Historical Novel Society, Alliance of Independence Authors and avid writer and reader.

I write historical novels under the name D M Carr (soon to be re-launched as by Deborah Carr) – my debut novel, Broken Faces, was published by Green Shutter Books in December 2015.

I also write contemporary romances set in Jersey, as Georgina Troy, for Accent Press publishers and the first book in the series, A Jersey Kiss, was a finalist in the 2016 RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

1b114d67-1c45-428c-824f-f430da3ec707As runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Magazine Novel Writing Competition, I was described as ‘one to watch’, which was exhilarating. They added, ‘In Deborah Carr’s Downton-esque tale, Broken Faces, a soldier suffers a life-changing injury in the Great War’. This book also received a special commendation in the Harry Bowling Prize.

Broken Faces by D M Carr is available here.

I’m now working on the sequel to Broken Faces, Splintered Lives.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and my blog.

The Library

This is how my library is looking.

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“Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.”

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