Often I find that when a piece of creative work is begun, it’s impossible to say from which source the best inspiration will come – and how far back in the past that inspiration had its source.
My new novel Director’s Cut, a YA Crossover, is about a musically gifted boy who finds himself trapped with a young actress and a troubled priest in a house haunted by a family curse.
The story, which centres upon my latest main protagonist 17 year old Dylan Raftery, is complete and now being considered by a publisher.
The story opens with Dylan in conflict with his controlling older sister in their south London home, frustrated and longing to break free. His musical genius is too big to fit into a conventional slot, and nobody understands that. He has dropped out of sixth form and has no plans ever to return. He learns that Suzanna, the young TV actress he adores, is filming in a nearly 17th century mansion and rushes off to meet her, only to find a deeply troubled family, a house full of tragic ghosts and an attendant curse. He must break the curse through the power of his own musical genius or that genius will be quenched forever.
I’ve now started writing the sequel to Director’s Cut, in which Dylan, continuing to defy his conventional family, wishes to train under a great pianist, who is mentally fragile and who has a shady and dangerous past bleeding into the present.
There are several people who I have either met or know about who might inspire me for some aspect of that great pianist. I won’t be able to tell how strong a part any of them might play until the story decides for itself, and reaches completion.
And as it happens David Helfgott is giving a piano recital in London in October 2018, so this may be my chance to hear him perform live…