How it began

The inspiration for the book came from a graveside promise to my girlfriend who had died in a bus crash in 1992. I vowed I would do something to celebrate the love we had but I didn't know what to do other than write a love story. My original intention was to write a play. It very nearly got produced but thank goodness it didn't because I would have stopped writing. As it was, the production fell through and I was compelled to keep working on the story and soon it spiraled out of control and demanded to be a novel.

I started writing the book in 2000 and finished the first draft in 2003. I was doing other work at the time so I wasn't writing full time. It took a further 3 years of re-writing and ten drafts before I was happy with it.